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UAW future at stake as VW workers vote on unionization plan

  • Workers at Volkswagen's (VLKAF) three-year-old plant in Chattanooga in Tennessee are due to start voting today on a proposal to allow the United Auto Workers to represent them.
  • The ballot, which appears to be too close to call and lasts till Friday, is seen as having a major influence on the future of the union.
  • If the UAW wins, it could target other foreign-owned plants in the South.
  • However, if it loses, says Clark University professor Gary Chaison, "it will look like a union of yesterday: a once-powerful organization that has outlived its usefulness and no longer (has) appeal to the new workforce."
Comments (8)
  • TAS
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    A one trick pony. VW welcomes the union as it has in Germany.

     

    This will not have a domino effect. Workers, even the low information contingent, are smarter than to pay dues for fat cat union bosses and their Democrat shills for no tangible benefit except to say: Duh, Me Union.
    12 Feb, 08:52 AM Reply Like
  • MisterJ
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    The organized Volkswagen labor in Germany has 6 weeks of paid vacation. Who's saying "Duh, winning." Now?
    12 Feb, 09:00 AM Reply Like
  • TAS
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    Union leadership in Germany is a de facto arm of management with both having an over arching loyalty to Germany the State.True, German, indeed, most European workers have a long vacation. Take a look at Europe today and you see a stagnant, fiscal mess on the whole...a regional society going nowhere.

     

    And frankly, VW is having their share of problems building vehicles folks actually want to buy. Their US sales are pathetic.

     

    Unions and VW are both a sucker's bet.
    12 Feb, 02:22 PM Reply Like
  • joe kelly
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    This is a big world Tas. Not disagreeing with your suckers bet comment as I have first hand knowledge of what kind of scumbags are in the high end union leadership though.

     

    Success to us both.
    12 Feb, 02:28 PM Reply Like
  • joe kelly
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    I was a union rep, low level, for years. It's actually far easier to organize a workplace that has good management and already offers good wages and benefits than a sweat shop run by a jerk.

     

    Sorry Tas but the union members saying "duh,me union" are clueless sheep who don't realize or appreciate the benefits, wages and job security union membership affords them. The right wing has a far better propaganda apparatus than the left.
    12 Feb, 09:12 AM Reply Like
  • DUP
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    The UAW model built Detroit, ain't that a great product? Do it the GERMAN way, ya get benefits and living wages and highest quality products. If it ain't GERMAN, it ain't a car. UAW keeps the inept alive, and it shows in GM Ford and Chrysler. VW makes high quality stuff at all levels. Bentleys, Porsches, VW Audi, Lamboghinni, Seat Skoda, they even make the Bugatti, VW knows cars. Man and Scannia trucks. GM, is Detroit, what a disaster. the American driver are RETARDS, and think low end cheap, ill handling vehicles are good. An educated consumer is a better customer. Somehow VW is STILL the biggest in Europe, and China, bigger markets than the devolving U.S.A.
    13 Feb, 06:18 AM Reply Like
  • joe kelly
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    You can only build a car as good as the parts and design that are provided. Your problem is with weak management who believe cheap and inferior are good business.
    13 Feb, 07:47 AM Reply Like
  • DUP
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    UAW GM FORD Chrysler, perfect together, making scrap metal.
    15 Feb, 10:55 AM Reply Like
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