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Worker Institute Fellow Fichter reports on UAW vote at VW Rich with detail a well-informed source, Fichter, an to the German Metalworkers Union, his perspective on the union election.

by Michael Fichter, Ph.D. of Labour University in Germany

week, February 12-14, 1,600 workers at the Volkswagen in Chattanooga TN will decide in an election whether they to be represented by the UAW. There are reasons why this is a crucial for the union and why conservative and right-wing bolstered by moneyed interests, are a massive hate campaign the UAW.

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These attacks of course are not Union organizing drives are met by union avoidance specialists by employers. But the concentrated vehemence of the attacks while the employer, professes neutrality and has certainly not them, is indicative of the extent to the right is willing to go to stop It is indicative of the fact that the UAW has a chance of winning. Winning the at VW would be a tremendous boost to the organizing drives in the South. It give credence to the union’s to run a low-keyed organizing drive and its willingness and capability to work VW toward a labor-management partnership.

Secondly, German and Japanese manufacturers have willingly advantage of the subsidies, taxpayer infrastructure developments, and tax breaks by the Southern states, well that they were to run their businesses union Especially for a company like that prides itself on its of collective bargaining with the of codetermination, and social partnership, in the South looks suspiciously the company is eagerly fleeing its commitments in Germany. At least its seems to have readily and initially adapted well to the exhortations of Tennessee politicians. the company has distanced itself the vile attacks currently at the UAW. At the same time, the VW council in Germany, which is the representative body of VW employees in has been rather lukewarm supporting the UAW – in marked contrast to the representing the auto industry, the IG IG Metall and the UAW have built a relationship of mutual trust and over the past few years, that are impacting transnational networking beyond the immediate of the VW organizing drive.

Finally, this election, if for the UAW and its supporters, is likely to introduce a new into U.S. labor The UAW and VW have discussed the possibility of the establishment of a plant council, on works councils in Germany, but drawing on elements of the joint programs embodied in UAW contracts. The council would be elected by all not only by the workers represented by the As such, it would not be a union It would be responsible for in-plant and floor issues. In this the UAW would be delegating some of its mandated rights as the recognized agent to the plant council, its existence would be contingent on the UAW the recognized union in the plant for bargaining of wages and working According to legal experts who been consulted by both the and the UAW, such a construction not violate U.S. labor And by opening an avenue of participation for outside the bargaining unit as as for those workers who refuse to the union (Tennessee is a

right-to-work state), the plant could have a moderating and influence and overcome the rigid opposition to collective worker

Will a defeat for the UAW mean the end of the Hardly. The UAW is a vibrant organization has run a number of successful organizing over the past years in the and is currently running two major at Mercedes in Alabama and at Nissan in But it will make things challenging for the UAW. A win on the other would be an enormous boost for – but not the end of opposition to its attempts to unionize the industry in the South. The true will come in the fights for recognition at the second, third and fourth auto plant.

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