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Understanding the Union Vote at VW in

Posted by Stephen Herzenberg on 12, 2014 10:44 am

As you probably the United Auto Workers lost a union election at a Volkswagen plant last by a vote of 712 to 646 (53% to 47%). My goes out to the workers and UAW leaders who put and soul into achieving a result.

I was taken aback by the I have to admit. So it has taken me a of weeks to process it.

The most explanations for the election outcome with the political and cultural to unions in Tennessee. VW may have neutral on the election, but the right-wing political establishment in (and Tennessee did not. The political in the election is the basis of a UAW appeal for a .

Beyond these much-discussed a deeper issue raised by the UAW is what model of unionism fit the U.S. auto industry and manufacturing going forward? My will be that the UAW was groping a new model that would employers and the community as well as — and to encourage it to keep going.

The model with which the UAW has been associated is industrial Industrial unions seek to all workers in the industry and take and benefits out of competition. U.S. unions also provide protections through work and a grievance procedure. As a result of employer opposition and American law, however, U.S. unions have always fragmented. Bargaining took one company or one plant at a time and spread to other companies so-called pattern bargaining. (In countries, the law supports genuine bargaining to set wages and benefits in agreements that apply to all

In the U.S. auto industry, the contract was always at one of the Big Three — GM, Ford, or Chrysler. Once were established at the lead selected each bargaining the union would seek to the same terms at the other two of the Big and at auto suppliers.

Since the union had to organize and one company (and sometimes one at a time, maintaining industrywide presence and wage and benefit was an exhausting and challenging process for the UAW the beginning. As early as the late individual suppliers sought wages and benefits and later to the union in new (more rural southern) plants. Rising imports and globalization of the supply to low-wage Mexico and Asia dented the union’s ability to wages and benefits out of competition.

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In the two decades, the union has been to retreat into the Big Three (GM, Ford, and Chrysler), most suppliers non-union. within the domestic assemblers, the of non-union foreign transplants Toyota, Honda, Nissan, has created a non-union presence. is why the UAW hoped to win an election at VW and then on that success at other

But unlike the 1930s to 1970s, at one plant doesn’t plausibly the union’s industrywide presence. Nor it fit with the simple New Deal in which union wage for all manufacturing workers drove the economy. (Unions now represent 11% of manufacturing workers. or about 15% to 16% of and non-supervisory workers .)

These trends create challenges for the UAW as it to persuade workers that the union serves their Since it’s not clear workers at competitors will rise, the broader trends workers more susceptible to that a union at their could threaten future and job security. These broader require the union to make a new about how it fits into the industry and why this new union will not only raise and benefits but also enhance job

In fact, the UAW did begin to make type of argument, centering on the that unionization would VW to establish works councils and a workplace relationship that ensure competitiveness.

In another post. I will develop the that U.S. manufacturing is in unless unions grow encourage U.S. employers to more in workers and pursue jobs strategies .

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