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
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
√ 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
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has filed another unfair labor practices complaint against Volkswagen for hiking health insurance premiums and changing working hours of employees who voted for union representation at the German automaker’s only U.S. plant. Read more on www.readingeagle.com >>>
On May 10 workers at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, confronted VW leadership at their annual general meeting in Hanover, Germany, to tell VW to stop union busting. You can help support Chattanooga VW workers like UAW Local 42 President Steve Cochran who spoke up at that meeting. The plant is VW’s only plant without a company-recognized employee union even though more than 70 percent of the skilled-trades workers voted to join the UAW. VW Chattanooga won’t bargain with them even though the federal government told them to. “With its behavior, Volkswagen violates its own principles of social responsibility as well ... Read more
A group billing itself as an alternative to the United Auto Workers union at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee has failed to meet minimum enrollment standards under the German automaker’s internal labor policy. Read the full article on ABC News >>>
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 continuing to thumb its nose at the federal government. The federal courts have consistently upheld the NLRB labor standard that enabled the skilled trades vote in Chattanooga. Volkswagen’s refusal to comply with the law is especially troubling when IG Metall President Jorg Hofmann and other ... Read more