Renault-Nissan mistreats workers in Mississippi

First appeared in the Detroit News on November 23 By: Gary Casteel While the world watched Olympic athletes compete in Brazil, employees of the Renault-Nissan Alliance protested how the automaker was violating the Olympic code of conduct by opposing union rights for workers in Canton, Miss. Renault-Nissan’s plants in Mississippi and Brazil are worlds apart.

Statement in Response to Volkswagen Appeal of NLRB Order

Chattanooga, Tenn. — Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and director of the International Union’s Transnational Department, today released the following statement in response to the decision by Volkswagen to appeal an order by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) requiring the company to collectively bargain with skilled trades employees: “We’re disappointed that Volkswagen is

Volkswagen reneges on deal to recognize UAW in Chattanooga

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers says Volkswagen officials have reneged on a pledge to recognize the union at the German automaker’s lone U.S. plant in Tennessee. Gary Casteel, the UAW’s secretary-treasurer, released a 2014 document Tuesday stating that Volkswagen would recognize the UAW as the representative of its members in exchange for

Unfair labor practice filed: Volkswagen needs to follow the law

Skilled trades workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant, members of UAW Local 42, in December voted to join the UAW, a decision the National Labor Relations Board affirmed in March. But the automaker continues to drag the representation fight out in violation of U.S. labor law by claiming that all of its union-eligible workers —

UAW statement on Volkswagen violating federal law

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and director of the international union’s Transnational Department, today released the following statement in response to Volkswagen’s decision to violate federal law and fight a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): “Today, the UAW asked the NLRB to issue an unfair labor practice complaint

UAW Applauds NLRB Decision, Urges Volkswagen To Respect Federal Government’s Order

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Working men and women at Volkswagen today won an important victory following an order by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) supporting efforts among skilled-trades employees to secure meaningful employee representation. A three-member NLRB panel denied Volkswagen’s request for the agency to review a December 2015 election in which skilled-trades employees in

GM metal model maker honored as Michigan apprentice of the year

Rachel Harbin has always liked working with her hands and has a love for automobiles that runs in the family bloodline. She also has a love affair with learning, earning an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree and is close to earning her master’s degree. With a pedigree like that, it’s not hard to understand why

UAW Adds to Unfair Labor Practices Allegations at Volkswagen

The United Auto Workers alleges that Volkswagen has failed to consult with a newly elected maintenance workers union on a range of issues from vending machine prices to out-of-pocket prescription drug costs despite a union victory at the plant in December. The union in filings with the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday also alleges

Report to members on the union’s finances

As many of you are no doubt aware, the maintenance unit at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, overwhelmingly voted in a federally supervised election in December to have the UAW as its legally recognized collective bargaining representative. These efforts at providing representation to workers who ask for it are critical to our union’s goal of building

A disappointing turn of events

Volkswagen refuses to negotiate with union members The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) describes collective bargaining as an effort between an employer and employees to “bargain in good faith about wages, hours, vacation time, insurance, safety practices and other subjects.” It’s really that simple: The democratically elected representatives of the workers sit down with company

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