After a rollercoaster push by the United Auto Workers to unionize the workforce at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, TN ended in defeat in February, the UAW may yet get its way. In July the labor organizer chartered UAW Local 42 based on volunteer participation of "any interested employees." At the announcement, the UAW said that "Upon Local 42 signing up a meaningful portion of Volkswagen's Chattanooga workforce, we're confident the company will recognize Local 42 by dealing with it as a members' union that represents those employees who join the local."

But this isn't just about the Local members. The UAW wants to get a majority of the plant's 1,500 workers signed up, on the hope that Volkswagen will recognize the Local 42 "as the exclusive bargaining agent for all of them." VW doesn't have to do this and hasn't offered any indication of its position, but the possibility is there. It is already public that VW's Global Group Works Council supports the efforts to unionize, the head of the council suggesting the South might not get another potential VW plant "If co-determination isn't guaranteed in the first place." The UAW wouldn't say how many employees have signed on to Local 42, only that it's more than 670.

Naturally, the mere chance that a union could still take over in spite of the election loss has riled at least one anti-union voter, and if it looks like they're being dragged into a situation they declined, we imagine the rollercoaster will get going again.


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      Atlas
      • 4 Months Ago

      You know what I would like to see from you very anti union people?  Show me a piece of paper that states the agreement between you and your employer that outlnes the wages and benfits you think you have.  Show me a piece of paper that saids that they can not change their mind any time they want.  Show me a piece of paper that saids you do not have to clean the toliets.  You know what you options are when you stand alone, a lawyer.  Tell me what employer is going to hire you while you are suing your previous employer over the rights you think you have.  Yes, you can quite any time you want, but that does not mean you can get another job when you want.

       

      david w
      • 4 Months Ago

      Give them what their worth and get it over with. The Senator of that State lied to those employees to begin with. The unions will work with any company and unions do not always get their way in negotiations and when times were hard have always made concessions. Why wouldn't they, they don't want companies to go under but rather to thrive for the sake of those employees.

        David
        • 4 Months Ago
        @david w

        How much does one need to get paid for drilling bolts onto a car?

        Cool Disco Dan
        • 4 Months Ago
        @david w

        They are getting what they are worth, if not more. I've worked the line and its easy work.

      Worx2749
      • 4 Months Ago

      If you think the world is fair, then vote 'no' on unions.  But if you want to earn a higher standard wage and benefits package, then by all means vote 'yes.'

        Mikki Mousse
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Worx2749

        Yes, but only AFTER a vote.

        David
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Worx2749

        That is a bit over simplication....you won't get much better of anything except being lighter in your pocket with your monthly dues.

          jvice
          • 4 Months Ago
          @David

          or vote yes and have them build the replacement facility in mexico

      Feurig
      • 4 Months Ago

      Looks like this comment board is being raided by offsite pro-union douchebags. Show's over, folks.

      Pmichos
      • 4 Months Ago

      My mother was a member of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union they did nothing for her while she worked there. Sometimes she would have temporary unemployment for six months at a time. So she had to pay dues for nothing for six months. When she retired 2 years ago it was a nightmare trying to collect her pension. It took almost a year to get it. Couldn't tell how many times we were shuffled around and they would never call us back when they said they would. But they always wanted their dues on time! Unions suck, they are sucking the blood out if this country!

      Morgan
      • 4 Months Ago

      People wouldn't consider joining a union if companies treated their people better. All companies care about is paying the least they can and telling the workers to be grateful for it.  Both sides suck union or not.

      acapoz
      • 4 Months Ago

      I don't understand the opposition to unionization in a right to work state.  You believe in a free market system while you work in a right to work state, then you have the free right to opt out and others have the free right to organize.  so what is the big deal?

      Windell
      • 4 Months Ago

      If you want to pay union dues to help elect democrats ,then vote for the union.


      fulredy
      • 4 Months Ago

      If VW goes union in America, I simply won't buy one.  Which, is my right.

      ceajr1
      • 4 Months Ago

      How has Toyota and Honda been successful in warding off these thugs? 


        acapoz
        • 4 Months Ago
        @ceajr1

        They haven't been successful yet,  once they follow the free market and stop interfering with unionization and allow the workers, freedom to vote along with the freedom to opt out,  then unionization will happen under a true free market. 

      Katherine
      • 4 Months Ago


      Why would anyone oppose the very simple idea that workers in a plant should come together in association and choose leaders to sit down with management and resolve workplace issues?  You really got to have hatred for working people to think that we can't do this without messing things up.

        acapoz
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Katherine

        Katherine,  its like bizzaro world,  you ask workers if they want a voice / union on where the company should invest their workers pension / life savings and the workers say no they don't want a voice.

        fulredy
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Katherine

        So, I guess you believe that only the UAW can do that huh?  Wow

      sp33dklz
      • 4 Months Ago

      Unions..... The death of the American auto industry. Plain and simple. 

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