The struggle over unionization at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, TN, continues to get more complicated. There's now a second union fighting to organize at the plant; although this one is staunchly against the actions of the United Auto Workers. At the same time, the UAW is still signing up voluntary members to its recently created Local 42 at the facility and is reportedly near having a majority of the hourly employees on its side.

The new, anti-UAW union campaign is being spearheaded by employee Mike Burton, according to Reuters, and he calls his group the American Council of Employees. He claims to already have 108 signatures in support of his organization. Burton believes that the UAW is harmful to businesses, and his goal is to force another vote to determine a preferred union among workers.

The UAW was initially defeated (712 to 626) when it attempted a union vote at the Tennessee plant in February. However, UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel told Reuters that Local 42 has already signed up over 700 members. If it can reach a majority of the roughly 1,500 employees, the group hopes VW might consider recognizing it as the factory's union.

VW's own labor leaders have supported unionization with the UAW in Chattanooga in the past as a means of getting it a seat on the company's Global Works Council. It's currently one of the company's only major factories in the world that isn't a member, but it needs an organized workforce to do it.

The political turmoil at the factory comes right before a major expansion. VW will build its new midsize, seven-passenger SUV based on the CrossBlue Concept in Chattanooga by the end of 2016. The new model will add about 2,000 new jobs and 538,000 square feet to the plant as part of a $900 million investment.


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      vegasstyleguy
      • 3 Months Ago

      I will never understand why people don't get that without unions you would still have child labor, piece work, no time off, etc.. just weird.

        delsolo1
        • 3 Months Ago
        @vegasstyleguy

        They miss the six day work weeks.

          Renaurd
          • 3 Months Ago
          @delsolo1

          ......and they hate vacations, raises, and overtime pay.

        John S
        • 3 Months Ago
        @vegasstyleguy

        But, those things are enshrined in law now. I'm not anti-Union, but the problem is they need to be a little more forward thinking instead of basking in past glories of a different political and economic situation. Whats their mission and relevancy today?

          dragonballz
          • 3 Months Ago
          @John S

          Kind of like how the Constitution is law but we keep on losing rights

          candyapplefred
          • 3 Months Ago
          @John S

          Yeah just wait until the unions are all gone. Those laws will be next.

        Ken Mam
        • 3 Months Ago
        @vegasstyleguy

        Your a fool to believe that unions help to alleviate child labor, women rights, and the 40 hour work week. In fact, the unions with higher wages so they can get pay more. 


        More Stalinist proganda.

          delsolo1
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Ken Mam

          You are so right. Lets give management full credit for eliminating those labor practices.......LOL!!!

          OptimusPrimeRib
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Ken Mam

          Because the "job creators" wanted the workers to have all of those rights. They said screw more profits, we want our workers to be happy, just like the "job creators" are trying to do today. 

          Bufford Buchanan
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Ken Mam

          Believe it or not Kenny, Sean Hannity is wrong sometimes.  You cannot reimagine history because it does not fit your narrative.  

        Chris Barbieri
        • 3 Months Ago
        @vegasstyleguy

        I'm pretty sure there are federal laws against things like child now, as there most certainly should be. 

        In fact, there are federal laws that cover pretty much every reason that unions were started for in the first place. 

        Over the course of the last century, they've become more of a redundancy and job killer in this country. For proof, look no further than the upper midwest, and much of the northeast, and even parts of the upper south that are collectively known as "The Rustbelt". 

          whofan
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Chris Barbieri

          We just have Chinese children do it for us now.

          Don`t tell me It wouldn`t happen here without unions.

        Wide EyedStupid
        • 3 Months Ago
        @vegasstyleguy

        You guys act like Unions now are anything like they were then.

        Back then they actually cared about the employees now they're all about getting themselves big handouts, spending billions on politicians for personal perks then having the balls to tell us they need to increase the dues, cronyism and favoritism run rampant, instead of assigning the right people to the right places it's all about seniority regardless of required skills, and worst of all keeping people who should've been let go along time ago just so they can get more dues.

        LW
        • 3 Months Ago
        @vegasstyleguy

        w/o unions, the proles would be berning down their fat cat boss' mansions, rayping their daughters and laying waste to the bourgeois society.  So these k1eptocratic class people should be glad some muppet in the pro1es were able to calm the rest down for a drop in the bucket in return.

      carguy1701
      • 3 Months Ago

      Wait, are they anti-union in general, or just anti-UAW?  If it's the former, doesn't forming a union make them a bunch of hypocrites?

        M.j. Zuzich
        • 3 Months Ago
        @carguy1701

        It is, they are, and you aint seen nothin' yet! Just wait 'till you see a union set up to compete with the UAW Local 42 that's been constructed by people with no union bargaining or benefit administration experience. That ought to be quite an interesting looking creature indeed.

        M.j. Zuzich
        • 3 Months Ago
        @carguy1701

        They are anti-union in general and now specifically -since the charter of Local 42, anti-UAW particularly. It's really hard to see what this competing union they're proposing to build as a UAW alternative, is going to look like. Offering a staff without negotiating or benefits administration experience in service of their new membership. Uh huh... "-Stay tuned for details, pictures at 11!"

      The Tourmaster
      • 3 Months Ago

      Why is Autoblog so obsessed with unionization efforts across the country?  These have nothing to do with cars.  Can we not keep news items from the Huffington Post off this site please?

        vegasstyleguy
        • 3 Months Ago
        @The Tourmaster

        Because this is car related duh.

          yonomo200
          • 3 Months Ago
          @vegasstyleguy

          "Because this is a hit generator duh."


          There. I fixed that for you.

        John S
        • 3 Months Ago
        @The Tourmaster

        Because its an industry blog, not just an enthusiast blog.

        Chris Barbieri
        • 3 Months Ago
        @The Tourmaster

        Because it's owned by Huffington Post, and they know it'll generate a lot of clicks. 

      TooManyCars
      • 3 Months Ago

      I think it would be good it the workers organize into a different union...I'm for workers rights..But totally anti UAW

      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Months Ago
      Keep counting the votes and doing back door deals until you get the results you want.  It's the Democratic way.  Remember the ACA came from not even having a vote to just being passed in the middle of the night.
        Daniel D
        • 3 Months Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS

        You had better do something about rigging your own votes here as the downvotes are winning. Maybe a Republican Party approved voting machine will help?

      Ken Mam
      • 3 Months Ago

      Union thugs needs more forced dues so they can commit to their socialist ideology.

        M.j. Zuzich
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam

        Are you saying VW is staffed by union thugs who are on a socialist mission?

          Renaurd
          • 3 Months Ago
          @M.j. Zuzich

          You must understand Zuzich, that's the deliverance gene talking.

        Technoir
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Ken Mam

        Ken Mam

        I smell a Beck worshipping Tea Bagger. 

      NAIF S
      • 3 Months Ago

      Good for Mr. Burton and those smart enough to avoid the uaw. Keep the uaw out at all costs. They cannot be trusted.

      If you go to work and do a good days work for your pay and are treated well by the company the uaw is of no use to you.

      easywind
      • 3 Months Ago

      Aren't most of you home with your families on labor day thanks to the unions? 

        scott3
        • 3 Months Ago *Edited*
        @easywind

        Unions suck,

        If you want clean air bring in a union and the jobs will go and the air will be cleaner.

        Just look at Youngstown Ohio.

      David Hicks
      • 3 Months Ago

      yeah! good luck with that!

      Technoir
      • 3 Months Ago

      Good that they didn't join the UAW. Too much power in one organization (of any kind) is bad. Now at least their union will be free to decide for its own. 

      mrmagoolew
      • 3 Months Ago

      Having previously worked at a UAW plant, I can tell you for a fact that the union upper management was crap. When contract negotiations came around or when we went on strike, all the union did was bargain away more of our benefits. The local guys did just OK in my book. Every contract, we lost more than we gained. That's for sure. The union guys that voted for UAW representation at local 42 will end up being sorry. The other guys that didn't want to join local 42 probably knew how bad the UAW would represent them and they are the smart ones for not joining the UAW union and trying to form their own union. They don't want their union dues to be given to the tax and spend democrats, and I don't blame them one bit. The democrats will continue to tax and spend us into oblivion, and the UAW union will continue to support them until the country goes down the tubes. Then the UAW guys will say, what the hell just happened. Democrats are blind to what they are dong, and will continue to keep their heads buried in the sand until it is too late for our country to recover. With all the new illegals coming into the country, our country will turn just about totally democrat in about 15 years when they can all vote, and when that happens, you will see our country slide quickly down the tubes into just another third world nation.

      jdp
      • 3 Months Ago

      I love how they boast about bringing product (back) into the US.  What they don't want you to realize is what drove the products/companies out of the US in the first place...

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