According to UAW President Dennis Williams, the union is preparing a Buy American ad campaign urging consumers to buy U.S.-made cars and trucks. First, from union facilities (of course). But second, from non-union facilities still made in the U.S. Williams hasn’t said when the ad campaign will begin.
It is evident Williams has not thought through the unintended consequences of his admonition that “If it’s not built in the United States, then don’t buy it.” He’s telling people to buy a U.S.-made Toyota Camry over a Mexican-made Ford Fusion. We’re not so sure the Detroit automakers will appreciate his point of view.
It also looks like the union has picked out their next big fish—Tesla in California. We’ll keep you posted as that campaign is sure to be an interesting one.
Fortune lends an ear to Phil in this recent article on Volkswagen’s decision to challenge the NLRB’s ruling on organizing via micro-units.
The Auto Workers are leading a charge to allow unions to organize small groups of workers within companies. Volkswagen has bore the brunt of this very controversial strategy.
WHTC in Michigan reached out to Phil for comment. Click here to dive in.
In a Times Free Press article, published yesterday, Phil addresses the question: “What does the UAW vote mean for VW and auto manufacturing across the country?”
His response addresses the fact that UAW’s fight is not over. The determining factor in whether or not this win is a success comes in the contract negotiations – and the pressure is on. If they can’t land a deal that gives autoworkers pay and benefits that are significantly better than what they currently enjoy, it will be hard to convince other VW workers to join.
A tentative agreement for a three-year contract between SEIU-UHW and Daughters of Charity has been ratified. The problem, according to one member is:
“Despite reports from all hospitals that there was an overwhelming no vote, the yes votes appeared by magic in the ballot boxes and the deed was done.”
Most people believe Dave Regan rigged the vote; and it doesn’t help his case that he’s done it before (in 2012 at Chapman Medical Center). It makes sense that he’s not taking no for an answer when you take into account the massive number of members he’s lost recently. First, when Mary Kay Henry created a new local with half of his members (about 60,000); and again just last month when SEIU-UHW lost another 700 workers to National Union of Hospital Workers.
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After losing the election to organize Volkswagen employees at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant last year, the UAW set up an office just down the road to begin its efforts anew. Their hope has been that once they gather enough signatures, they will be approved as the bargaining representative through card check rather than another secret-ballot election. Currently, they claim to have signatures from about 55 percent of the employees.
The American Council of Employees, the other union looking to organize VW Chattanooga, believes those numbers to be unsubstantiated and urges all parties involved not to make any decision on labor representation without a secret ballot election.
Just south in Alabama the Auto Workers are having far less success. In fact, 80 percent of the employees at Renosol Seating, an extension of Lear Corp., recently signed
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The Auto Workers’ attempt to organize German-owned facilities in the South has proved mostly futile, but the union is not backing down. In fact, they are pushing so hard that even pro-union employees at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama are getting tired of the campaign. However, with Daimler AG’s plan to bring a new line of automobiles to the Vance plant, it doesn’t look like any employees – for or against the union – will be getting a break anytime soon. This, even though UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel has admitted that the union would lose an election if one was held right now.
Back in Chattanooga, the UAW has encountered new opposition in its attempt to organize the Volkswagen plant. The American Council of Employees expect to have signed up “at least 15 percent, and perhaps as many as 30 percent, of the workforce as members by
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U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s comment that the Chattanooga factory would get a new VW model if UAW was rejected is still hot on the minds of UAW officials who believe Corker’s primary motive was to intimidate workers (ironic).
Corker responded in the Wall Street Journal with the following statement: “The National Labor Relations Board will have to decide whether to follow years of precedent and let the vote of the workers stand – or whether it will try to muzzle elected officials and prevent them from weighing in on issues of critical importance to the communities they represent.”
The appeal hearing is currently set for April 7, but could be pushed back to the 21st.
Volkswagen has resolved to hold off on making a decision as to whether or not they will bring their new SUV to the Chattanooga plant until after the case has been settled.
The United Auto Workers (UAW) are simply not letting up in their effort to organize the Chattanooga, Tennessee VW plant. After losing the February election with a vote count of 712-626, the UAW filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) requesting a re-vote because “politicians and outside groups compromised the process” during the original election. Sure they did…
The usual process in an election challenge grants the union and company both an opportunity to present their case to the NLRB; however, in the high-profile UAW/VW case, the Board is allowing another important party to have a voice in the deliberation: the anti-union workers. We’ll see if this is just a bit of NLRB grandstanding or not.
The date of the hearing is still undetermined.
Union officials claim that the difficulty they are having with organizing Nissan’s Canton plant comes from “outrageous violations” by company management of the workers rights to organize. Perhaps…or perhaps it is because the base wage for most of the plant’s employees is amongst the most highly paid of blue-collar workers in Mississippi. Thus, many of those workers don’t feel the need to pay dues to UAW to interfere in an already agreeable workplace environment.
The fight will continue and there are certainly supporters of both sides.