No Union for Volkswagen's Tennessee Plant


The United Auto Workers union was dealt a big blow Feb. 14 as employees at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant voted not to unionize. The move means further efforts to unionize auto workers at other foreign automaker plants in the U.S. will be very difficult. The no vote at VW's facility follows failed UAW campaigns at Nissan and Honda plants. According to USA Today, however, Volkswagen favors the creation of a German-style "works council," which gives workers a voice on a variety of product and other decisions.

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VW's Tennessee workers reject union

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 17, 2014 | Comments (7)


Mike Belknap

Fantastic. Way to go, VW.


And yet again, the backwards thinking of OUTSIDE anti-union forces succeed in throwing enough disinformation and propaganda (and not a little intimidation) to accomplish one goal - keep workers/voters at a disadvantage to the conservative business elites in the South. The Germans and Japanese could have brought a new model of labor-management cooperation to US industry, one that has greatly helped those two nations excel where the US still struggles, largely due to our unnecessarily antagonistic labor/management dynamic. VW's "work's council" would have been a win-win for both sides. Instead, those GOP pols and corrupt business elites get to keep their lock on power, and the little man get's no voice and is subject to abuses. The fight continues for fair labor standards in the South.

Cindy M.

IanC, are you saying that the workers' vote was coerced?

Many of them didn't even care enough to vote while those who did care enough to vote chose not to let the UAW in by a margin of more than 80 votes.

What is unfair about the labor standards of the South?

Don't all those standards have to adhere to the mandates and rules laid down by the NLRB and the Fed Govt?


It's funny how when the workers vote to let the market prevail, it must be because of a GOP conspiracy. Anyone who thinks the UAW promotes fair labor should take a drive through Detroit or Dayton, Ohio to view all of the closed plants and them economic plight that occurs when workers are paid triple time to stand around on a Sunday for eight hours.

We don't need unions anymore. Labor has spoken.


Economist Joseph Stiglitz has asserted that, "Strong unions have helped to reduce inequality, whereas weaker unions have made it easier for CEOs, sometimes working with market forces that they have helped shape, to increase it." The decline in unionization since World War II in the United States has been associated with a pronounced rise in income and wealth inequality. Does anyone disagree with this?

Reality: Most of VAG is union, so the Tennessee plant is treated well because it treated to 'near-union' standards to begin with.

Reality: There WAS coersion with the GOP, as both State and Federal representatives intimated punishment for the workers if they voted with the union.

Reality: Income inequality has accelerated since the 1980s when the whole "anti-union" mentality really began.

Reality: Yes, UAW took too much from GM & Chrysler. BUT... this idea that they are solely to blame for the woes of the companies is an egregious lie. Maybe it was the fact that both companies were producing pure garbage that really impacted their bottom lines, and not the unions themselves. The union production line workers didn't say, "you know what would be a good idea? The Pontiac Aztec!"


Actually, I purchased two new cars built in Detroit, which turned out to be lemons. In both cases, the design of the vehicle was excellent, but assembly was faulty. I guessed that some of the union workers that built the car just didn't care about quality or the success of the company they worked for. I also recall a bunch of news stories about auto workers drinking on the job. Those are the folks who hurt the union jobs, not the GOP.

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