By on December 10, 2014

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Now that the United Auto Workers have won full access to Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn. factory under VW’s community engagement policy, what will it do with its newfound power? Propose a works council, of course.

Automotive News reports the UAW would make the proposal “soon,” with an initiative planned to train those at its Local 42 “on Volkswagen’s unique style of labor-management relations… creating something new and doing it in a collaborative relationship with the global group works council,” per regional director Ray Curry.

Further down the road, secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel said the union would make its ultimate push toward representation of the 1,500 employees at the facility, though the policy prohibits collective bargaining by recognized groups on behalf of said employees.

As to how the UAW would accomplish this, Casteel — who didn’t say how many employees were members of Local 42 — said the union didn’t have a clear idea, but ruled out another election — like the one it lost earlier in 2014 — or conducting a card check.

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10 Comments on “UAW Proposing Works Council At VW Tennessee Plant ‘Soon’...”


  • avatar
    DukeMantee

    Tennessee, a “right to work” state, unless the UAW says otherwise.
    I can’t wait to see how many labor lawyers are gonna be building mega-mansions, thanks to the union/VW collusion.

    • 0 avatar
      Xeranar

      Right to work doesn’t mean much except that the UAW would have to use outside collection to support the works council and even then they could still agree to bargain for only those who support the union leaving the others behind. Normally though they don’t because just about any rational actor would accept that the UAW is going to guarantee them a better rate than if they worked around them. Even if VW offered a better individual rate the others would jump ship and the cycle would start over once the rates declined.

  • avatar
    petezeiss

    The sooner VW pulls out of NA, the sooner these Chattanooga stories go away. Buycott VW!

    Oh, heh… redundant.

    • 0 avatar
      joeaverage

      Hmmm, don’t like jobs in the USA? Personally – the more “good jobs” the better. Neighbors with good jobs don’t generally steal their neighbors’ stuff.

  • avatar
    redav

    How many “works councils” does the UAW run? It seems that VW–the one who wanted the works council in the first place to match their other facilities–would be the better one to train employees on how the system works.

    Furthermore, I find it problematic that the UAW admits that they have no interest in actually running the works council as it’s intended: “Further down the road, secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel said the union would make its ultimate push toward representation of the 1,500 employees at the facility, though the policy prohibits collective bargaining by recognized groups on behalf of said employees.”

    While I’m not a supporter of unions, I’m also not anti-union. However, I am anti-UAW because their actions scream that they care for neither their members nor their employers. The UAW cares only for the income generated by members’ dues. I (and likely many others) would have a more positive opinion of them if they could at least pretend that they want the works council concept to be successful rather than using it as a stepping stool to their real intentions.

  • avatar
    Waterview

    A few questions for those who may know:

    1) Are current Chatanooga employees permitted to join Local 42 of the UAW?

    2) If so, are they paying dues?

    3) What benefits would this membership convey?

    • 0 avatar
      360joules

      Or they could form a locally organized non-affiliated local or guild. Public employees (especially law enforcement & fire fighters) do this in many states. But this is more about the VW Board members in the mother country who fear a non-union plant in the USA more than a non-union plant in Mexico.

  • avatar
    Roader

    “1) Are current Chatanooga employees permitted to join Local 42 of the UAW?

    2) If so, are they paying dues?

    3) What benefits would this membership convey?”

    Inquiring minds want to know! Where is John Lewis when you need him? My guess is that:

    1)Current employees are permitted to join. They’re:

    To those of us who know the pain
    Of valentines that never came
    And those whose name was never called
    When choosing sides at basketball

    2) Yes.
    3)None.

    But, who knows? Maybe the resident commies know better. They tend to follow these things.

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