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.
As a union-side lawyer, I know many write off the labor movement as lost. But maybe globalization will save us. Consider how the United Auto Workers has come so close to organizing the Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The UAW may not win immediately, yet something earth- shaking has already happened: a U.S. union opting to push a German company to bring its own model over here.
IG Metall, Germany’s largest manufacturing labor union, widened protests including temporary walkouts into the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg in a push for higher pay raise for workers at industrial companies.
Volkswagen Group of America’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has experienced something unusual: a union welcomed by management but faced with resistance from some workers. A combination of outdated labor laws and union intransigence has created this oddity.
Airbus SAS has reached a general agreement with the German labor union IG Metall in a dispute over future contract terms, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported, citing an interview with Heiko Messerschmidt, a union spokesman.