The Volkswagen Vote


UAW withdraws objection to lost election at VW Chattanooga plant

8:29 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014 | UPDATED: 4/21/14 1:37 pm ET -- adds comments, background
The UAW said today it is withdrawing its objection claiming undue outside political interference in a February vote it lost among workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.... Read More »

Anti-union workers win voice in UAW fight at VW's Tenn. plant

3:26 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2014
The National Labor Relations Board has decided that anti-union workers at Volkswagen AG can defend the results of a mid-February union election that the UAW lost at the company's plant in Chattanooga.... Read More »


UAW takes 2 steps forward, 3 back

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
The UAW is grasping at straws to increase revenue because of the loss of jobs and the two-tier wage scale.... Read More »

Corker, King trade barbs in aftermath of VW vote

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10, 2014
A war of words continues in the aftermath of the UAW's failure last month to organize workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant.... Read More »


Corker: Don't let the UAW silence public officials

1:11 pm U.S. ET | March 4, 2014
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., in an op-ed published by The Wall Street Journal today, accused the UAW of trying to silence public officials as part of the union's appeal of a failed organizing vote at Volkswagen AG's Tennessee assembly plant last month.... Read More »


UAW faces second challenge in appeal of VW plant vote

12:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 28, 2014
An anti-union group representing some workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant on Friday moved to challenge the UAW's appeal of this month's election in which the union failed to organize workers at the factory.... Read More »


Corker: U.S. labor board should not 'muzzle' lawmakers

12:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2014
Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee called on federal authorities on Thursday not to muzzle lawmakers who do not support union organizing as they consider the UAW's appeal of a failed effort to represent workers at a VW plant in Chattanooga.... Read More »


VW workers file to fight UAW's election challenge

4:02 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 25, 2014
Five workers from Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga plant petitioned the National Labor Relations Board today for a chance to challenge the UAW's efforts to overturn the results of this month's union election there.... Read More »


King: UAW appeal in VW vote targets outsiders

5:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
UAW President Bob King said on Monday that the union's appeal of a failed organizing effort at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga will focus on the actions of outside parties, not the German automaker.... Read More »

VW labor leaders try to save works council

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Now that Volkswagen workers here have turned away the UAW, labor leaders within VW are going back to the drawing board.... Read More »


Tracing the UAW's struggle with foreign automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Automotive News spoke to labor analyst Kristen Dziczek about the root of the issues that led up to the recent vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.... Read More »


At Volkswagen, labor is indeed a full partner

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
I was shocked by two Southern politicians so eager to score points with local conservative voting bases that they insulted half the board members of the automakers whose U.S. plants they so covet.... Read More »


What does the UAW offer today's workers?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
After its narrow defeat at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant, the UAW needs to engage in some serious soul-searching.... Read More »


No connection

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
The low point of the UAW's effort to organize Volkswagen's Chattanooga assembly plant was Sen. Bob Corker's bombshell on the first day of voting.... Read More »


VW workers saw little gain in UAW vote

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
The UAW's cooperative partnership with the Detroit 3 helped the union get an organizing election at Volkswagen in Chattanooga.... Read More »


4 key VW decisions shaped vote's course

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2014
From Washington to Wolfsburg, the UAW's failed organizing drive at VW made for exciting political theater. But on the grounds of the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, it was about as friendly as it gets.... Read More »

UAW appeals VW plant election to U.S. labor board

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21, 2014
The UAW filed an appeal today with the federal government, asking it to set aside the results of an election last week where workers at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant voted not to join the union.... Read More »

Fresh from win over UAW at VW, Norquist vows anti-union push

1:44 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2014
Fresh from helping to defeat a unionization drive at the Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee, Republican lobbyist Grover Norquist outlined an anti-union strategy that ties labor to liberals, with the long-term goal of sapping union financial support for Democrats.... Read More »


VW labor chief: U.S. South investments may be blocked if workers aren't unionized

8:09 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2014
Volkswagen's top labor representative threatened today to try to block further investments by the German carmaker in the U.S. South if its workers there are not unionized.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


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.... Read More »


UAW regroups after stinging VW setback

12:34 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2014
The UAW could be forced to reconsider its efforts to organize workers at foreign-owned factories in the U.S., labor experts say, as the union vowed to keep fighting after losing a closely watched vote at VV's Tennessee plant.... Read More »


REACTION: 'We're not leaving Chattanooga'

5:45 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2014
A roundup of what labor experts, UAW leaders, union supporters and opponents, and others are saying about the UAW's organizing setback at Volkswagen AG's assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.:... Read More »


VW to build SUV in Tennessee, Corker reasserts

2:45 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2014
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Saturday doubled down on his claim that Volkswagen AG will build a new mid-sized SUV at its assembly plant in Tennessee now that the UAW has been turned away.... Read More »


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.... Read More »

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.... Read More »

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