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UAW Loses Election/Teachers to Strike

Under intense anti-union political pressure, workers at the Chattanooga Volkswagen voted today on joining the United Auto Workers Union. On February 18, the tenure track and non-tenure track faculty who make up the University of Illinois-Chicago faculty union UICUF Local 6456 will walk out of the classroom and onto the picket line for a two-day strike.

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Reader Comments - Cecily McMillan Update - Occupy Activist Faces Seven Years in Jail - Trial Postponed to March 3rd; Africa; Latin America; Learning from History; Slavery; UAW Campaign at Volkswagen; Amiri Baraka; Pete Seeger memories; Announcements - CISPES Delegation to El Salvador; Workers Get a Cut on Powell Books purchases; New Video - The USA's new underclass; Labor Notes conference - April 4 - 6 - Early bird discount


Union Drive Doesn’t Bother Management, But G.O.P. Fumes

Steven Greenhouse The New York Times
Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee are currently voting on union representation. While the company has remained neutral but national right-wing organizations and Republicans have been very vocal in calling for a no vote. A victory for the workers and the UAW would have major implications for union organizing in the South.


Will Chattanooga workers vote in UAW?

Harley Shaiken
A union victory would be the beginning of an ambitious attempt by Volkswagen and the UAW to build a new model for the United States to compete globally. The election itself concludes one of the most innovative and important union-organizing drives in decades.


VW Workers In Tennessee To Vote On Union

Steven Greenhouse The New York Times
1600 Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee to vote on unionization February 12 through 14. It appears that both Volkswagen and the UAW are supporting unionization. This is bringing howls of outrage from right-wing southern politicians. A yes vote would have be seen as a tremendous victory for all those trying to organize in the south.


Outsiders, Not Auto Plant, Battle U.A.W. in Tennessee

Steven Greenhouse The New York Times
Anti-labor forces in Tennessee and elsewhere are leading a fight against both Volkswagen and the UAW to prevent unionization. These right-wing forces see a successful unionization drive as opening the door to the UAW in other southern states.

Majority of Workers at Chattanooga VW Plant have Signed Union Cards, UAW Says

Associated Press Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN)
Huge victory for organizing workers. A Majority of workers at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee have signed cards with the United Auto Workers (UAW) declaring that they want a union. Union representation at Volkswagen would signal a sea change in labor relations among foreign automakers who have resisted unions at their plants in the South.


UAW and Volkswagen

Volkswagen is working with the United Automobile Workers at its Chattanooga, Tenn., assembly plant on how to unionize the plant and create a German-style works council there, the president of the labor union said on Friday.
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