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L. Friday

Hi Phil, I would like to thank your team on our recent victory over the IAFF in our election on Friday. We won with about 2/3 of the votes in our favor. I could not have done it without the great work of Scott. He got to the root of the problem almost immediately and got me headed in the right direction. Thanks again for your expert help.
W. Woodcock

Excellent site and excellent compilation of developments.
J. Raudabaugh

Phil on UAW Win at Volkswagen Chattanooga


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.

Whistlin’ Dixie

The UAW attack of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga took another turn when the union decided on a carve-out strategy, selecting a group of 162 maintenance employees. The NLRB agreed to the micro-unit election, scheduled to begin on Dec. 3rd. The group comprises about 12% of the total plant workforce.

Mike Cantrell, president of UAW Local 42, characterised the move this way: “There are multiple paths to collective bargaining, and this is a step in the right direction.”

igmetallIn an interesting move, IG Metall, Germany’s largest union, is opening a joint office with the UAW in Spring Hill, TN, a suburb of Nashville. The office will be located near a General Motors plant. According to the German union, over 100,000 Americans work for German-owned automotive companies, most of them not represented by unions.

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