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Volkswagen employees say ‘no’ to Auto Workers in Tennessee


Union organizers in the suffered a setback Friday

faced strong opposition by officials in Tennessee

Opponents of the criticized VW for being too welcoming of the

The vote was 712 against the union and 626 in

(CNN) — Union in the South suffered a setback when workers at the Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted being represented by the United Workers.

The vote was 712 against the and 626 in favor. There are about hourly workers at the plant who eligible to vote.

The vote was as the UAW’s best chance to a nonunion auto plant, Volkswagen management did not oppose the

We commend Volkswagen for. to provide an atmosphere of freedom to a decision, said UAW Region 8 Gary Casteel, who directs the Southern organizing. Unfortunately, motivated third parties the economic future of this

Organizers faced strong by Republican officials who wanted to Tennessee’s reputation as a non-union in order to attract new businesses.

Senator Bob Corker, a Republican and mayor of Chattanooga, praised the vote.

Needless to say, I am for the employees at Volkswagen and for our community and its Corker said in a statement on his

Corker had been heavily in negotiations with VW that the automaker to pick the town for its according to the Senator’s website.

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The which opened in 2011, is only U.S. plant. But from Asia and Europe opened more than 30 plants to serve the U.S. and more than two-thirds of plants are in the South.

Volkswagen it was neutral on the vote, but opponents of the had also criticized the company for too welcoming of the union organizing

Volkswagen wants to establish a works council at the plant, in management and hourly workers come up with ways to the plant’s operations more

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The automaker has works councils at every plant it operates the world. But there were about whether the council be set up under U.S. labor law a union being in place.

Volkswagen said it will try to ahead with a works despite the outcome of the vote.

Our have not made a decision they are against a works Throughout this process, we great enthusiasm for the idea, Frank Fischer, CEO of Volkswagen Our goal continues to be to determine the method for establishing a works in accordance with the requirements of labor law.

Union blame the UAW for problems at U.S. two of which, General Motors and Group, needed federal and bankruptcy reorganization in 2009. But GM, and Ford Motor, the other automaker, are all posting strong today.

Workers at the VW plant make $19 an hour, compared with $26 to $28 an hour for veteran hourly at the Detroit automakers, although new at the unionized plants are making to $17.

But unionized workers are better paid than non-union counterparts. Labor statistics show that the weekly wage of a unionized in the private sector is $892 a or a little more than a year. That’s 20% more their nonunion counterparts.

suggested that this is a serious blow to the UAW’s to reverse the long-term decline in its

This is a setback that resonate throughout the South likely, around the world, Jack Nerad, executive director at Kelley Blue In VW the union had management that neutral to positive toward its to organize the plant’s workers, and it failed to gain certification. The attempts to organize other plants are very unlikely to be with as much cooperation other manufacturers, so this mark the end to UAW hopes to gain in these nonunion Southern plants.

As far as VW’s hope to have a council, that will be to set up anytime soon, according to Schroeder, a management-side labor with Mintz Levin. can’t be another union election at the plant for at least a and U.S. labor law has significant to these kinds of labor-management without an independent union.

It be virtually impossible for them to the kinds of council they in Germany, he said.

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