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No collective bargaining, but UAW prepares to talk pay at VW Chattanooga plant

Posted 4:15 am U.S. ET, Dec. 2
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David Barkholz is a reporter for Automotive News.
We’re about to find out how much power a UAW local in Chattanooga can wield at the Volkswagen of America assembly plant there. In a phone interview Monday evening, UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said an independent accounting firm as early as this week is expected to verify that a majority of the nearly 1,500 workers at the plant have joined UAW Local 42. Onc ...
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Why Dale Pollak recommends a call center that employs blind workers

Posted 6:42 am U.S. ET, Oct. 14
CHICAGO -- Near the end of vAuto’s Access: Velocity three-day conference here, vAuto founder Dale Pollak made a very personal appeal to the 170 hand-picked dealers present. Please consider, Pollak said, signing up for call center services from a nonprofit in Orlando that employs blind and visually impaired people to handle calls for private companies. Pollak, who l ...
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In Chicago, Cox execs hear dealers' concerns -- and praise

Posted 10:26 pm U.S. ET, Oct. 9
CHICAGO -- vAuto’s Access: Velocity conference here has been an eye-opening experience for the senior management of Cox Automotive -- formerly the AutoTrader Group -- as well as the 160 dealers who are attending by invitation only. Executives from AutoNation, Mullinax Group and scores of other dealerships have both lauded Cox Automotive for the things it does right ...
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Strike shows restless UAW is going after two-tier wage system

Posted 3:30 pm U.S. ET, Sept. 16
Well, well. The word “strike” has returned to the UAW lexicon. The union struck on Saturday at a Lear Corp. plant in Hammond, Ind., that makes seats for Ford Motor Co.’s Chicago Assembly Plant. By Monday, the 760 Lear workers of UAW Local 2335 were back on the job. In hand was a tentative contract that met their primary demand: an end to a two-tier wage ...
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Why the UAW can only blame itself for losing at VW

Posted 11:58 am U.S. ET, Feb. 17
Cooperative partnership helped the UAW get in the door at Volkswagen Chattanooga.But the strategy, which brought Detroit 3 auto workers a pernicious two-tier wage system in 2007 and other employer-friendly concessions over the past decade, proved the union's undoing in the organizing election last week.Bottom line: a majority of the 1,550 hourly workers at VW Chattanooga j ...
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