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THE VOLKSWAGEN VOTE

Conservative group's anti-union effort to target more U.S. plants

8:39 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
The Center for Worker Freedom, a conservative group that helped defeat an organizing campaign by the UAW in Tennessee, will take its anti-union fight to other auto plants in the South, its leaders said on Monday. The group plans to renew its battle against the UAW at so-called "transplants" in Alabama and Mississippi where the union wants to organize....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

Why the UAW can only blame itself for losing at VW

11:58 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
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....
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VW works council will pursue labor representation at U.S. plant

Feb. 16, 2014 17:11 CET
VW's works council said it would press on with efforts to set up labor representation at the automaker's U.S plant after workers there voted against any such step involving the United Auto Workers union....
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VW workers reject union organizing drive at U.S. plant

Feb. 15, 2014 06:01 CET
Workers at VW's U.S. plant voted to reject union representation, dealing a devastating loss to the United Auto Workers union, which saw the factory as its best chance to gain a toehold at a foreign-owned assembly plant in the country's southern states....
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THE VOLKSWAGEN VOTE

UAW rejected in organizing vote at VW plant in Tenn.

10:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Workers at VW's plant in Chattanooga voted 712-626 to reject UAW representation. UAW President Bob King said the union would review its organizing strategy in light of the stinging setback, and decide in the coming days whether to appeal on grounds that third-party union opponents influenced the vote....
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UAW vote at VW plant nears finish line

5:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga had just a few hours left on Friday to cast their ballots in a vote that could decide whether the once-powerful UAW will gain a foothold in the foreign-owned auto industry that has sprung up in the American South....
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Obama weighs in on contentious union vote at Volkswagen plant

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
President Barack Obama today waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG's plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than American workers....
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Chattanooga mayor: Don't 'let politics trump jobs'

1:39 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Regardless of how Volkswagen workers vote on UAW representation, Chattanooga's mayor has just one thing on his mind: winning a plant expansion to build a new SUV....
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GABE NELSON

UAW vote at VW: not the top story in Chattanooga?

10:02 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2014
Reporters have descended on Chattanooga from all over the country to see the result of the UAW vote that concludes today. But here in town, the election at Volkswagen AG's plant may not even be the most closely watched vote....
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Tenn. politicians threaten to kill VW incentives if UAW wins election

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Volkswagen AG has been soliciting subsidies from Tennessee and Mexico, hoping to pick a production site this year for a mid-sized SUV due to go on sale in 2016. And it seems that this week's UAW election at the VW assembly plant in Chattanooga could tilt the competition in Mexico's favor....
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EDITORIAL

Only the workers in Chattanooga get a vote on UAW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
When hourly workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga assembly plant vote this week on whether to join the UAW, there will be more at stake than union representation in a single plant....
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Serra Automotive acquires GM dealership in suburban Nashville

4:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2014
Michigan's Serra Automotive said today it has acquired the largest-volume General Motors dealership in Tennessee, Tom Bannen Chevrolet-Buick-GMC. Terms of the deal were not released....
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VW workers to vote on union representation at U.S. plant

Feb. 3, 2014 19:10 CET
Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers union said workers at VW's U.S. plant will hold an election next week to determine if the union could represent workers there....
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VW workers to vote on UAW representation at Tennessee plant

1:10 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
The UAW and Volkswagen Group of America said hourly workers at the VW assembly plant in Tennessee will hold an election Feb. 12-14 to determine if the union could represent workers there....
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U.S. labor board recommends dismissal of allegations against VW, UAW in Tenn.

10:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
The general counsel office of the National Labor Relations Board has recommended that two allegations brought by some workers at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee against VW and the UAW be dismissed. The workers have vowed to appeal the recommendation....
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Denso plans to expand U.S. headquarters, operations

12:20 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2014
Denso International America said it is expanding its North American headquarters in suburban Detroit. The supplier purchased a 81,000-square-foot building next to its current campus in Southfield, Mich....
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UAW expects to be in VW's Tennessee plant by June, report says

Jan. 14, 2014 10:13 CET
United Auto Workers President Bob King is convinced the union will be represented in Volkswagen's U.S. plant in Chattanooga by June, he told a German newspaper....
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VW expects to build new SUV in U.S. plant, reports say

Jan. 10, 2014 16:01 CET
Volkswagen plans to add a mid-sized SUV in the U.S. and will likely build the vehicle at its new factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to reports....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

VW in delicate dance with German union over U.S. plant

Nov. 27, 2013 14:58 CET
VW officials in Germany and the United States are performing a delicate dance with VW's influential German union as they wrestle with the possible representation of workers at the company's plant in Tennessee. VW is trying to introduce its model of a German-style works council, which would help set work rules for white- and blue-collar workers, at its only U.S. plant, in Chattanooga....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

VW in delicate dance with German union over Tennessee plant

8:58 am U.S. ET | Nov. 27, 2013
Volkswagen officials in Germany and the United States are performing a delicate dance with VW's influential German union as they wrestle with the possible representation of workers at the company's plant in Tennessee. VW is trying to introduce its model of a German-style works council, which would help set work rules for white- and blue-collar workers, at its only U.S. plant, in Chattanooga....
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VW wants German-style labor model at U.S. plant, but workers must vote

3:03 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2013
Volkswagen AG wants the workers at its Tennessee plant represented by a German-style works council, but the final form of representation and whether that includes the UAW must be decided by the employees in a formal vote, the automaker's top executive in the United States said today....
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Nissan changes top manufacturing exec at Smyrna, Tenn., plant

6:51 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2013
Nissan lost a high-profile manufacturing executive as it completes one of the most ambitious expansion projects in years at its 30-year-old Smyrna, Tenn., auto assembly plant. The company said Susan Brennan, a one-time pharmaceutical researcher with an MBA, had left the company "to pursue career opportunities outside Nissan."...
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VW, UAW look to avoid Pa. missteps in Tenn. organizing drive

4:29 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Both Volkswagen management and the UAW want to see history play out differently in Tennessee from the last time the German automaker had an American assembly plant. While the landscape is very different from 25 years ago, the legacy of the older plant's failure is part of the troubled history the UAW will have to overcome as it tries to represent VW workers again -- this time in Tennessee, where the automaker employs 2,500 people building Passat sedans....
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VW, UAW look to avoid Pennsylvania missteps in Tennessee plant

Oct. 21, 2013 22:29 CET
Both Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers union want to see history play out differently in Tennessee from the last time the German automaker had a U.S. assembly plant....
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BOB KING'S FINAL BATTLE

UAW uses multifront push to organize imports

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2013
Through a strategy of coalescing global unions, civil rights activists and political figures, UAW President Bob King has engineered a broad push into a decidedly hostile corner of the country. In addition to the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, the UAW is focusing on the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Ala., and the Nissan factory in Canton, Miss. Still, whether the union will succeed in King's final months as president -- or ever -- remains very much up in the air....
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