Tag: Transnationals

UAW Advances Works Council Discussions with Volkswagen Group of America

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW today released the following statement from Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and head of the union’s transnational department, regarding the progress of UAW Local 42 at Volkswagen in Chattanooga: “UAW Local 42, with advice and counsel from the International union, is advancing a German-style works council concept that we jointly developed with Volkswagen Group of America in January 2014. The original concept, agreed to by UAW and Volkswagen officials as part of a larger election agreement, outlined a framework through which the union and the company could together establish a path for management and ... Read more

UAW’s Casteel Responds to Announcement by AM General and Mercedes-Benz

UAW Secretary-Treasurer, Gary Casteel SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and vice chairman of the Daimler World Employee Committee, today released the following statement in response to AM General and Mercedes-Benz U.S. International’s announcement that Mercedes-Benz has selected AM General to produce the R-Class luxury vehicle at AM General’s assembly plant in Mishawaka, Ind.: “We commend Mercedes-Benz for investing in a proven facility with a highly skilled workforce represented by UAW Local 5,” said Casteel, who heads the International Union’s Transnational Department. “Mercedes-Benz’s decision highlights the continued growth and expansion of the U.S. automotive industry and ... 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

NLRB affirms MBUSI worker’s right to organize

VANCE, Ala. — On the heels of a new ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the UAW today called on Daimler AG to abide by its global Principles of Social Responsibility and respect the right of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) employees to organize a local union. Just before Thanksgiving, on November 26, the NLRB issued an order on Nov. 26 determining that MBUSI had violated federal labor law in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. The order affirms a decision last summer by a judge who ruled that the MBUSI employee handbook included a provision illegally prohibiting employees from discussing a ... 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