The United Auto Workers could be forced to reconsider its efforts to organize at foreign-owned factories in the U.S., a labor expert said, as the union vowed to keep fighting after losing a closely watched vote at Volkswagen AG’s Tennessee plant.
The United Auto Workers lost its bid to organize workers at a Volkswagen AG factory in Tennessee, a setback in its effort to gain a foothold in the U.S. South and a victory for Republicans who urged voting against the union.
The United Auto Workers lost its bid to organize workers at a Volkswagen AG assembly factory in Tennessee, a setback for its long-term goal of gaining a foothold in manufacturing plants in the U.S. South.
Opponents including a Tennessee U.S. senator are warning employees that voting for the United Auto Workers at a Volkswagen AG assembly plant in Chattanooga would bring the kind of economic malaise that crippled Detroit.
Volkswagen AG has struck a deal for workers at a Tennessee assembly plant to vote next week on whether to join the United Auto Workers, which the union says could pave the way for German-style worker councils.
A Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee is poised to become the first foreign-owned car factory in the U.S. with a union after the company agreed to let employees vote on whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. illegally retaliated against protesting U.S. workers, the National Labor Relations Board said in a complaint stemming from job actions timed to the busy shopping day after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Labor unions lost ground among government workers in 2012 as Republican-led efforts curtailed collective bargaining rights in several U.S. cities and states, and total union membership fell to a record low.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether President Barack Obama had authority to appoint members of the federal labor board without Senate confirmation, in a constitutional clash that may undercut his regulatory agenda.