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Labor Relations in the U .S. and Germany: Chattanooga

The recent vote by in a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, to decline representation by the United Workers union (UAW) the differences in labor policies the United States and Germany. American union membership on the this was the first time the UAW attempted to represent workers in a company in over a decade, and its sets a precedent for the future of in the American South.

What in Chattanooga?

Looking to its successes in and elsewhere, Volkswagen was in favor of a German-style “works council” in that, due to American labor would require the UAW to represent interests. This was met with reviews. In particular, workers that voting for union would scare away of a new model of SUV, despite assurances that the UAW vote have no effect on the decision to the SUV in Chattanooga. Politics also a role in the outcome. In the politically South, several Tennessee officials, with the help of action committees, were to lead a successful campaign the union. Some lawmakers that VW might not receive new tax to expand in

the state if the UAW was successful at the VW plant. many workers were happy with current felt that the company them well, and did not want the to damage or muddy that The vote has left Volkswagen looking for a way to create a works even without the UAW.

To understand how this situation to be—i.e. industrialists pushing for integration and workers voting it—the differences between laws in Germany and the United must be highlighted.

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U.S. Unions vs. German Co-Determination

Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal provisions, specifically the Wagner Act of that guaranteed the rights of to organize as well as the right to bargaining, and unions saw a rise in and influence as a result. Specifically, were able to compel to only employ dues-paying members. The Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, introduced the concept of “right-to-work.” new legislation meant that could not be terminated simply a worker did not join the union or pay dues. The decision to adopt the of “right-to-work” was left to the individual Since then, twenty-four nearly all the Southern states—have right-to-work laws. As a result, sector unions have a steady decline

in America, with union peaking in the 1950s. According to the Department of Labor, 11.3 of workers in the combined public and sectors belonged to unions in In 1983, it was 20.1 percent.

German labor unions are than their U.S. Following a system of co-determination German labor unions are by nature, intended to facilitate resolution between employee and and provide a more “democratic” way to run a Labor representatives are included in the process alongside shareholders. form “works councils” on the level, which then labor representatives to put forth interests at a managerial level. The of workers’ interests goes all the way up the of command. Such a system is for employees, and it can also be argued to be for employers, as it provides a venue for confrontation or strikes. The laws in the Works Council Constitution collaboration between employer and with the result that 26 percent of German workers are union members.

Labor relations are encountering an globalized marketplace, with and jobs on the line. The experiences of a automobile manufacturer in the U.S. well shape labor in the future.


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