The UAW today called on Congress to take a comprehensive look at the country’s labor laws and NLRB rules that made it almost impossible for Volkswagen workers to form a union. “VW workers endured a system where even when they voted, the company refused to bargain,” said Brian Rothenberg, spokesman for the UAW. “Clearly Volkswagen was able to delay bargaining with maintenance and ultimately this vote among all production and maintenance workers through legal games until they could undermine the vote.” “Our labor laws are broken,” said Rothenberg. “Workers should not have to endure threats and intimidation in order to ... Read more
The National Labor Relations Board announced today that there will be an election for Chattanooga VW workers to join the UAW on June 12,13 and 14. Chattanooga workers in the face of legal obstruction and anti-worker activity will now have the opportunity to vote on their union. Chattanooga workers remain the only VW workers in the world without union representation.
This afternoon, in accordance with today’s NLRB ruling, the UAW filed a new petition on behalf of Chattanooga production and maintenance workers. This morning the NLRB directed the Board’s Regional Office to dismiss a petition filed on April 9 but stated that the UAW could “immediately file a new petition.” This afternoon, as soon it was able to do so, the UAW immediately filed a new petition, again seeking a vote among Chattanooga production and maintenance workers.
Volkswagen Workers: We’ve Waited Long Enough! Let us Vote! In an unprecedented move caused by Volkswagen’s legal games, the NLRB this morning issued a split decision and dismissed Chattanooga workers petition for a vote, but allowed it to be refiled. This decision allows Chattanooga workers to quickly file another petition but creates yet another delay in the process. Volkswagen has continued to use legal games to aggressively deny its workers the right to vote for years. It’s ridiculous and shows how broken the rights of workers are under our labor laws. But we will be on the NLRB’s doorstep immediately ... Read more
Let Chattanooga workers vote. After insisting for the last four years that they would only agree to a vote of all production and maintenance workers, Volkswagen has now blocked just such a vote. VW’s manipulation of the NLRB process to halt a vote of its workers is a travesty. Free, democratic elections are a cornerstone of American life, whether it’s the PTA or President of the United States. After all these years, why in the world is it okay to deny Chattanooga workers their vote of yes or no? Volkswagen’s actions in this matter are the definition of duplicity. In ... Read more
“We are encouraged by today’s product announcement and we look forward to the day when VW agrees to follow U.S. labor laws.” -Gary Jones, President UAW International Union
As the German autoworkers’ union IG Metall continued to negotiate with German carmakers, 20,000 workers at Volkswagen’s main plant in Wolfsburg walked away from production lines for two hours to express their determination for a fair collective bargaining agreement. In all, a half million workers have participated in three days of strikes at German assembly plants, parts suppliers and other metal shops. At Volkswagen, IG Metall is demanding a 6 percent pay raise, improvements in their pension plan, and a guarantee for apprentices to be employed after their examination. Volkswagen’s refusal to collectively bargain with Local 42 in Chattanooga was ... Read more
The UAW has a proud history in the south with more than 55,000 active members and 60,000 retirees. Last year alone more than 1,323 workers in the south voted to join the UAW, including Volkswagen workers in Tennessee who came back after a defeat in 2014 and voted to join us. The reason for their support is clear: the UAW delivers for our members. Read more on www.freep.com >>>
√ We are and have been in the U.S. South Over 55,000 UAW Members reside in communities throughout the South Over 66,000 UAW retirees in the south Over 13% of all active UAW Members are in the South √We are organizing in the South – it’s not just high-profile Over the past year Five southern locals have joined the UAW with over 1,323 members in Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky. Almost 3,000 organized since the VW vote in 2014. √ Among many UAW Products: In Kentucky, UAW members make whiskey barrels, Corvettes, Fords, steel and nurse patients. In North Carolina, UAW ... Read more