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.
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.
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.
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.
US Airways Group Inc., the carrier seeking to merge with AMR Corp.’s American Airlines, received more than 16,500 applications for 450 flight attendant positions in its biggest hiring push for the job since 2010.