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10 PM announcement on Tennessee VW plant union vote

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  1. Henry's Dad

    Henry's Dad woof, woof

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    In an hour, VW and the UAW will announce the result of a three-day vote by the workers at the TN VW plant as to whether they want to unionize. Balloting closed at 8:30 tonight.

    If they decide to unionize, it will be seen as a major coup by organized labor. It will be their first success at getting auto workers in the south (working for companies like BMW, M-B, VW, Nissan) to unionize.

    Should be interesting.

    More info here:

    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/un...ee-plant-heading-to-close-2014-02-14-74491318
     
  2. 2bgop

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    I think the Corker statement about VW adding a SUV to the line was a good move. VW can fully deny it, but a US Senator saying it gets a ton of media coverage. I would assume to many workers there it makes sense that VW would reward a plant.
     

  3. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    I bet they unionize. And then more do. And in 20 years, all car manf's will build cars in Mexico for North Americsn distribution. I don't get VW's angle on this.
     
  4. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    "Many labor law experts believe a works council is only possible in the U.S. if a union represents the workers."

    I don't get that at all. I wonder if many experts are employed by unions.
     
  5. OldSchool64

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    Labor unions suck, IMO.

    I take care of myself and if there's a problem I'll take it up with my employer. I don't need anyone to negotiate for me.
     
  6. Batesmotel

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    Ditto.

    The union guys will argue but being self employed on mixed jobs (part union part contracted workforce) I have butted heads with to many corrupt union members and reps.

    I saw too many of them NOT working for their pay to respect them.
     
  7. Henry's Dad

    Henry's Dad woof, woof

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    Looks like the union LOST the vote.

    No union at VW plant in TN.
     
  8. HalfHazzard

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    So if the union loses - they file an unfair labor practices lawsuit - judge appointed by Obama rules in favor of the union and orders collective bargaining to start immediately.

    :dunno:
     
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    The only day to day operations the council should consider are those that make the most cars. Why do you need a union for that? Am I missing something?
     
  11. HalfHazzard

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    It's all about this "work council". I heard on the radio that the German side of VW wants a "work council" at the TN plant as this is the tradition they have in Germany as a result of the German unions. I guess UAW is jumping at the chance get into the mix as their relevancy wanes.
     
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    Could that story have been more poorly written?

    First line: "Volkswagen workers have voted against allowing UAW to represent them at Volkswagen"

    Second line: "Over the last 3 days voters at the plant have chosen to accept representation from the united auto workers"

    Is it just me, or does line two contradict line one? :dunno: Who writes this stuff?!?

    -Pat
     
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    You have to understand, every newspaper writer in America is offended by any factory that doesn't fly the hammer 'n sickle. That paragraph was written through blurry eyes indeed.
     
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    Reporters who couldn't get a job with The Wall Street Journal. :supergrin:
     
  16. janice6

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    Deleted. Have to re-read the release.


    Again. From my personal, prejudiced, biased, point of view. I am impressed.


    I had to confirm what I thought I read, after the comments above. I thought I had imagined what I saw.
     
  17. czsmithGT

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    I think vw management is wrong here. But its their company. My guess is it is another step toward globalization of unions, but here is some info about the situation-


    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/21862-volkswagen-workers-vote-on-union-works-council-scheme
     
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    Sounds like wonderful news to me...
     
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