Tag: Local 42

AFL-CIO Executive Council Statement on Volkswagen

Below is a statement from the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Volkswagen’s continuing refusal to bargain with UAW Local 42: The diesel emissions scandal at Volkswagen has called into question the principles the company has touted: environmental protection, sustainability and social responsibility. The damage done by the deception perpetrated on its customers will take a long time to heal. Volkswagen workers also are feeling deceived, not so much by the emissions cheating, but by the company’s behavior at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant. After the tainted February 2014 representation election, where anti-union politicians and big money interests interfered with the vote, the ... Read more

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 that a black employee was fired for taking photographs to support a claim of workplace discrimination and promised that “more charges will accumulate” until Volkswagen agrees to enter into collective bargaining with skilled-trades workers at the German automaker’s lone U.S. plant. The UAW charges in ... Read more

Volkswagen Skilled Trades Employees Vote Overwhelmingly For UAW Local 42

OFFICIALS APPLAUD WORKERS ‘COURAGE AND PERSISTENCE,’
 URGE VOLKSWAGEN TO RESPECT DECISION CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Skilled trades employees at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant have voted overwhelmingly to designate UAW Local 42 as their representative for the purpose of initiating collective bargaining. In a two-day election on Thursday and Friday, 152 skilled trades employees cast ballots. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which supervised the election, confirmed that 71% of employees voting favored recognition for Local 42. Federal law provides for units within a workforce to seek recognition for the purpose of achieving collective bargaining. “A key objective for our local union always has ... Read more

UAW Releases Statement on Volkswagen Appeal of NLRB Decision

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW today released the following statement from Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and director of the international union’s Transnational Department, in response to Volkswagen’s announcement that it will appeal a recent order by the National Labor Relations Board: “We’re disappointed that Volkswagen continues to argue against employees’ rights that clearly are protected under federal law. While Volkswagen cites a ‘one team concept’ as the reason for opposing these rights, the company did not hesitate to grant limited recognition to an anti-labor organization that sought to undermine employee representation in the Chattanooga plant. “The facts are: ... Read more

UAW RELEASES STATEMENTS ON NLRB DECISION

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW today released the following statements reacting to the decision by the National Labor Relations board to order a representation election for skilled trades employees at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga facility despite the company’s efforts to block the election. Gary Casteel, UAW secretary-treasurer and director of the union’s Transnational Department: “It’s unfortunate that, in the middle of Volkswagen’s widening emissions scandal, we had to spend weeks debating workers’ rights that clearly are protected under federal law. Volkswagen’s attempt to sidestep U.S. law was a waste of employees’ time and energy, and a waste of government resources. Looking ahead, ... Read more

UAW LOCAL 42 SEEKS NLRB ELECTION FOR VOLKSWAGEN MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEES

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — UAW Local 42 today filed paperwork with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seeking a representation election for employees in the maintenance, or skilled trades, unit of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant. “A key objective for our local union always has been, and still is, moving toward collective bargaining for the purpose of reaching a multi-year contract between Volkswagen and employees in Chattanooga,” said Mike Cantrell, president of Local 42. “We support our colleagues in the skilled trades as they move toward formal recognition of their unit.” Federal law provides for units within a workforce to seek recognition for the purpose ... Read more

UAW Congratulates Volkswagen and Employees on New Product Line in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW, issued the following statement responding to Volkswagen’s announcement to add a new product line in Chattanooga: UAW Secretary-Treasurer, Gary Casteel “The UAW congratulates Volkswagen employees, the company, and the citizens of Chattanooga and Tennessee on the addition of a new product line. This announcement is a major vote of confidence in the Volkswagen workforce and the State of Tennessee, and it underscores the company’s consensus with the UAW to secure high-quality jobs for the future. We thank Governor Bill Haslam for extending the state and federal incentive funds necessary to make ... Read more

UAW President Dennis Williams: VW workers take strong step forward today

UAW President, Dennis Williams Today is a very important day for VW workers. The path for our UAW Local 42 members in Chattanooga has not been easy. They have worked with plant management to arrive at this significant milestone today and we are proud of their efforts. At the UAW we believe what is good for the worker is good for the company, something that fits squarely with the German principle of co-determination. The UAW has been working for several years, with the support of the Volkswagen Global Group Works Council, to understand how we can best support the company’s ... Read more

UAW Responds to New Development at Volkswagen

UAW Secretary-Treasurer, Gary Casteel CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW, who heads the International Union’s Transnational Department, today released the following statement regarding Volkswagen’s verification of the membership of UAW Local 42: “We appreciate Volkswagen’s timely response in verifying UAW Local 42’s substantial membership level, which exceeds a majority of workers at the plant. “As anticipated, we surpassed the highest level under Volkswagen’s new Community Organization Engagement policy, and the local leadership is ready to move forward with additional conversations with the company. As a starting point, UAW Local 42 will take advantage of the company’s offer ... Read more

UAW charters Local 42 at Volkswagen in Chattanooga

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW today announced the formation of UAW Local 42, a new local union providing representation for employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. Organized by Volkswagen employees, Local 42 offers workers the opportunity for a voice in the workplace through the German automaker’s “works council” approach to employee engagement. Volkswagen’s business model is premised on employee representation, and Local 42 will represent any interested employees who join the local as members. No employees will be required to join. “Earlier this year, the UAW was gratified to earn the confidence and support of many Volkswagen team members,” ... Read more