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    So the German union model didn't work it seems.
    So bust up the American worrkers union?
    Another marriage between Multinational corporation and politicians paid and elected to serve the American people begins.

    The politicians of that locality and state will now serve Volkswagen over the Tennessee citizens.

    And they wonder why we vote Trump or Sanders?

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    Even with the on-going emission scandal, the union business in the US plant, the German IG Metal union and VW have agreed to a nice pay raise for the German workers.

    Germany's powerful IG Metall labour union agreed a 4.8 percent pay increase for around 120,000 workers at the carmaker's western German plants.

    Germany's IG Metall union had sought a 5 percent pay rise over 12 months for the workers at VW, which last month reported a 4.1 billion euro ($4.6 billion) operating loss for 2015 due to the costs of an emissions test-rigging scandal.

    Under a collective wage-bargaining deal struck early on Friday, VW salaries will rise by 2.8 percent on Sept. 1, 2016, and by a further 2 percent on Aug. 1, 2017.

    Employees will also receive a 200 euros pension contribution. The new wage agreement runs until Jan. 31, 2018.
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/vw-agr...NfMQRzZWMDc2M-

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    UAW Says Volkswagen Reneged on Deal to Recognize Union
    A signed agreement shows that Volkswagen officials reneged on a pledge to recognize the United Auto Workers without another vote at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee, a top union official said Tuesday.

    Gary Casteel, the UAW's secretary-treasurer, released the 2014 document stating that Volkswagen would recognize the UAW as the representative of its members in exchange for the union dropping a challenge to the outcome of a union election at the plant in Chattanooga.

    "Volkswagen never fulfilled its commitments to recognize the union as a representative of its members," Castell said in a conference call. "The unfulfilled commitment is at the heart of the ongoing disagreement between the company and the union."
    UAW Says Volkswagen Reneged on Deal to Recognize Union - ABC News

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    Auto Workers vs. Volkswagen in Chattanooga: The saga continues
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (PAI) - The long-running saga revolving around the Auto Workers campaign to organize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., continues, with UAW releasing a 2014 document - written in German - that the union says shows the firm agreeing to recognize smaller bargaining units there in return for UAW's decision to drop labor law-breaking charges.

    The catch, says UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel, is that VW management signed the document and then when UAW carried out its side of the bargain, VW reneged.

    Casteel unveiled the document in a telephone press conference with local Chattanooga media in mid-June. The pact, signed by then-VW chief financial officer Hans Dieter Poetsch, says the firm "agrees to recognize the UAW as the members' union," according to UAW's translation. VW says the language is more nebulous. Poetsch now is VW's CEO.
    Auto Workers vs. Volkswagen in Chattanooga: The saga continues » peoplesworld
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    And it continues still ...

    Volkswagen AG said on Thursday it has filed an appeal of a federal labor board decision on its dispute with the United Auto Workers union in Tennessee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

    The National Labor Relations board on Aug. 26 sided with the UAW in the union’s effort to get VW to negotiate wages and benefits for about 160 of the 1,500 hourly workers at a VW plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The UAW urged Volkswagen to accept the board’s order that requires the carmaker to collectively bargain with the local union as the representative of a portion of workers at its Tennessee plant.
    The UAW has for several years been assisted in its effort to organize workers in Tennessee by the powerful German union IG Metall, which has members on the VW Supervisory Board.

    Earlier on Thursday, the head of IG Metall, Joerg Hofman, demanded that VW enter talks with the UAW-represented workers.

    IG Metall in a statement said that Hofman “is calling for VW to no longer act contrary to American labor law, and to seek talks with UAW without delay.”
    Volkswagen Rejects Auto Union Plea, Files Appeal on Labor Board Ruling

    It seems every company that does business in the U.S is hell bent on keeping the unions out.

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    They might want to take notes from Fred Smith's book on NLRB decision appeals. He is 0-1000

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    The saga continues with Volkswagen and the union.

    A group billing itself as an alternative to the United Auto Workers union at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee has failed to meet minimum enrollment standards under the German automaker’s internal labor policy.

    Volkswagen announced to workers on Thursday morning that the UAW has once again been verified as representing at least 45 percent of workers at the plant, qualifying the union for the top tier of the policy, which enables the UAW to interact regularly with management and have a meeting space within the plant.

    But Volkswagen has declined to recognize the UAW for the purpose of collective bargaining, and the union has expressed no interest in holding another contentious election at the plant.

    The company also said that the rival American Council of Employees no longer meets its policy’s bottom tier, which requires the representation of 15 percent of workers.
    Sounds like it was a company union anyway.

    ‘Non-union union’ at Volkswagen plant loses certification | The Seattle Times

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    Volkswagen faces bumpy road in challenge to 'micro-union'

    Personally I would rather see all the employees under one union but I know there are companies that have several different unions going such as airline companies. I guess it is better than no union.
    Volkswagen has joined other large companies and a chorus of business groups and Republican lawmakers in challenging a union strategy of organizing splinter groups of workers, but experts say recent court decisions approving the tactic suggest it is here to stay.

    The German automaker's U.S. subsidiary earlier this month brought a case in a Washington, D.C.-based federal appeals court seeking to overturn a vote by a group of skilled trade workers at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, assembly plant to join the United Auto Workers (UAW).

    The dispute is a high-profile test of whether unions, which have struggled to reverse a long slide in private sector membership, can seek new members by targeting smaller groups, rather than organizing whole plants or companies as in the past.

    Every appeals court to consider a case under a standard backed by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has sided with unions, including five this year. Those cases have involved fragrance and cosmetic department workers at a Macy's store and FedEx drivers whose unions exclude the people who load their trucks, among others.
    Volkswagen faces bumpy road in challenge to 'micro-union' | Reuters

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    This article goes into some great detail about exactly what is going on at VW now.

    VW’s Company Union Can’t Attract Even 15 Percent of Workers

    VW’s policy, launched in 2014, allows labor organizations representing workers to meet and confer with the company on a limited range of work-related topics. The more members you have, the more perks and meetings you get.

    Under the policy, both ACE and UAW Local 42 submit their membership lists to be verified by third-party auditors. All hourly employees can be members of Local 42, but only a small skilled-trades bargaining unit has won a union recognition election.

    As of the latest audit, ACE failed to qualify for the lowest tier. It could not prove it had a minimum of 15 percent of the workforce as active members.

    Local 42, in contrast, has been verified repeatedly with a membership of over 45 percent. This qualifies the union for regular meetings with VW human resources personnel and senior management. The union has said consistently that it’s membership is over 55 percent.
    VW’s Company Union Can’t Attract Even 15 Percent of Workers - Working In These Times

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    The Volkswagen Defeat Wasn’t Inevitable—and Labor Can Still Win in the South

    This is a long read but interesting.

    While the story of UAW’s continued efforts to unionize Volkswagen has many unique twists, much of it is all-too-familiar. The drive once again exposed the extreme lengths that anti-union politicians and business groups will go to keep workers from unionizing. It showed the weakness of union strategies that focus more on partnering with management than encouraging adversarial worker activism. It also reaffirmed what should have been common sense to the UAW: Unions exclude the community from organizing drives at their own peril.

    Since the political conditions in Tennessee are quickly becoming the norm nationally, Republican politicians and corporate interest groups are likely to see the UAW’s loss in Chattanooga as a roadmap to success—putting similar lessons and tactics to use in defeating future union representation elections. Given the difficulty of the road ahead and the urgency of the present moment, it is imperative that labor does the same. We must survey the UAW’s organizing drive at Volkswagen for pertinent lessons. Winning is never easy or certain, but it is possible.
    The Volkswagen Defeat Wasn’t Inevitable—and Labor Can Still Win in the South - Working In These Times
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