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    A follow up to post #228.
    This pro-UAW person says safety is a concern. That and the turn over rate for employees.
    One stark difference in the two articles is the anti-union group were all interviewed at a lawyers office. ( who and what are they representing ? )
    In this post, those interviewed were at the local union office of the IBEW.

    Pro-UAW Volkswagen Chattanooga workers cite safety concerns
    Volkswagen Chattanooga employee Aric Hankins says he's flipping from a "no" vote in the 2014 union election to a "yes" for the United Auto Workers when employees go the polls next week.
    "It's important for Volkswagen workers to have a contract," said the seven-year employee in the assembly shop, mentioning the setting and maintaining of standards inside the production plant.
    Hankins said in a recent interview that he's concerned about the health and safety of workers in the factory.
    "It's important to protect workers," he said. "I have concerns about it."
    https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/...te-saf/496101/
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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    It is amazing the lengths these companies will go to stop the organizing. Then when you have politicians step in to help the company!!!
    Ain't it funny how it's always a Republican?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 222lifer View Post
    Ain't it funny how it's always a Republican?

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    Another story on why this election, at VW, may provide a glimpse of what the UAW's future is.

    Volkswagen employees in Tennessee could help determine the future of the United Auto Workers
    The membership and influence of the United Auto Workers union has been shrinking for decades. In the latest effort to reverse that trend, the union will try to win a vote this week at Volkswagen's only US plant.
    More than 1,700 hourly workers at the Volkswagen (VLKAF) plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will get to vote Wednesday, Thursday or Friday on whether they want the union to represent them. The union narrowly lost a similar vote five years ago.
    A win for the union would be historic. Foreign automakers, such as VW and Toyota (TM), own 31 factories and produce nearly half of the cars built in the United States. None of those foreign-owned plants have ever been unionized. Workers there are generally paid less than workers represented by the UAW.
    The Volkswagen plant would boost UAW's flagging membership. It represented more than 1 million people at auto assembly plants in the 1980s, but only 155,000 at GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler today. Plant closings, automation, the shift of production to Mexico, and the rise of foreign companies have taken their toll.
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/09/busin...ote/index.html

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    The unionization of VW continues to command the news in the Tennessee area.

    Anti-VW Group and UAW Bombard Tenn. Airwaves
    A controversial anti-Volkswagen group and the United Auto Workers have spent tens of thousands of dollars on advertising in Chattanooga, Tenn.
    The Center for VW Facts, an advocacy group run by political operative and UAW member Joe DiSano, has been a major voice in the campaign to organize workers at a Chattanooga auto plant under the UAW. While the group and the union have both insisted there is no coordination between their efforts, the center has employed an advertising strategy that appears to complement the efforts of the union. Both groups have combined to spend about $170,000 in advertising since May.
    "I think the community is ready for this election to be done."

    The unionization vote is scheduled to begin Wednesday.
    https://freebeacon.com/issues/anti-v...tenn-airwaves/
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    This took place yesterday. Looks like Volkswagon will stop at nothing to keep the union out.

    Volkswagen Declares War against Works Council and German Union

    A top employee representative in Volkswagen’s Global Works Council was denied entry into the company’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory today as the union election began.

    The plant’s 1,700 eligible hourly employees began voting this morning on whether to form a union with the United Auto Workers. The results will be announced Friday night.

    According to a statement from the Global Works Council, Johan Jńrvklo arrived at the plant to be an election observer. Workers confirmed that he was booted.

    In VW plants in Germany and worldwide, the works council is a vehicle for employee representatives to meet with management to hash out shop floor issues, such as production goals, working conditions, and other issues internal to the running of the plant. (See box.)

    “I urge the company to finally be neutral in these democratic elections, as promised,” said Global Works Council President Bernd Osterloh in a statement.

    Denying Jńrvklo entry is the latest act of aggression in an escalating campaign by Volkswagen management to crush the union drive.
    https://www.labornotes.org/blogs/201...d-german-union

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    The UAW lost the vote again.

    Union loses again at Volkswagen as Chattanooga workers vote down UAW bid
    The United Auto Workers on Friday lost another vote of blue-collar workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant as anti-union employees fought off a fierce bid to organize the factory. The vote, 833 against the union to 776 for the UAW, was closer than the 2014 effort but still fell short. Some 51.8% of workers voted against the union, while 48.2% supported the UAW. In the 2014 election, the margin was 53.2% against the union and 46.8% for the UAW.
    https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/...-story/496765/

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    They can now all enjoy the promises made by VW and benefits of not having a Union. Ask the Charlotte FedEx Freight workers how all those promises panned out.

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    Opinion article on why the UAW lost.
    My opinion, forced propaganda from the anti-crowd, including politicians in Tennessee.

    Why the UAW Lost Again in Chattanooga
    It was a bad sign. On the day voting began at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the shift change suddenly turned blue.
    Throngs of workers were passing through the factory turnstiles in both directions, as the day shift ended and the night shift began. On the preceding days, handfuls of union supporters in bright green shirts were there to hand out flyers and banter with their co-workers.
    But on Wednesday, instead of bustling union activists, a sea of workers passed quietly through the turnstiles wearing the blue anti-union “One Team: I Am Volkswagen” shirts provided by the company.
    https://truthout.org/articles/why-th...n-chattanooga/

 

 
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