Skip to comments.U.S. union UAW close to organizing at Volkswagen plant: paper
Posted on 09/12/2013 2:53:51 AM PDT by markomalley
Volkswagen's factory at Chattanooga, Tennessee, is close to becoming the first U.S. car assembly plant run by a foreign company to have its workers officially represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, a German paper reported.
"Yes, we have a majority," UAW boss Bob King was quoted saying by business daily Handelsblatt in a preview of an article to be published on Friday.
More than 50 percent of the employees at the plant, which according to VW figures numbered 2,415, had signed union cards and registered as future union members, the paper said.
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FU UAW. Seriously, go # yerselves.
Volkswagen declined to comment, but its human resources director defended the union's attempts to organize at Chattanooga.
There goes they’re”Competitive Edge”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Germany will need to invade to liberate their assets from Communist control.
South to Alabama would be a good move. MB has done well there. 60% of the Benzes drive in Germany are from Alabama.
I guess the employees at that plant wanted to kick back and live off of Obama’s welfare state. Memo to Volkswagen management. If you do this, many potential buyers will strike your vehicles off of their purchase lists.
I guess the union has to learn the hard way it’s well known in industry circles that Tennessee is the end of the road for a US factory due to the state having some of the lowest costs and favorable business conditions in the nation. Things get too costly and the next step is to close and move overseas.
I believe the only car they build there is the Passat. I drove one once. Nice, but totally boring to drive. It was engineered for the US market which is to say it is built for people who think of cars as appliances like washers or refrigerators.
VW has already invested heavily in production facilities in Mexico.
The combination of VW-UAW has not ended well in the past.
"The Chattanooga plant opened 23 years after the closing of the Westmoreland Assembly Plant near New Stanton, Pennsylvania, in 1988. The plant, which operated from 197888, had been characterized by labor unrest and suffered from poor networking between Westmoreland and Volkswagen headquarters in Germany."
Americans CAN vote with their wallet when they have to and now is no time to try and START a new union.
VW has three production plants in Mexico and one in Tennessee. I don’t know what the tax and import situation is, but the one in Tennessee is most likely there to minimize the impact of currency fluctuations.
I think VW also wanted to be able to say that the cars were American made. But it’s probably not worth that if they have to deal with the UAW.
Having said that, VW probably has hired managers with insufferable egos who have pissed people off.
The VW production model is to sub out entire lines in the plant to contractors. If those remain non-union then the new UAW workers will be told not to cooperate with them and the entire plant will become worthless.
I’d say VW should shut the plant and then come back in two years with different (better?) management.
Plans for a HUGE operation in Colombia. Goodbye UAW
Union extortion (the Socialist Workers' Party in America, and a money-laundering front for Taxpayers funds to the DNC/Unions/etc.).
“Not that I wanted to buy a VW Passat before, I really don’t want to buy a VW Passat now.”
I bought my daughter a 2007 Beetle when she was in high school. It was a money pit. After that experience I wouldn’t buy a VW product if VW paid me. Contrary to what their commercials imply, German engineering sucks.
Wasn’t the UAW responsible for why the PA VW plant tanked back in the 80s?
VW didn’t go far enough south. TN still has braindead drone auto workers courtesy of the now-dead Saturn plant.
One of two things will happen, no probably both will happen quickly, cost of production will go way up, quality will go way down.
The location of the Chattanooga plant will mirror Detroit.
Tennessee got the VW plant because their incentives far exceeded what any other state offered ($577 million, vs. Alabama’s $385 million).
I work near a VW dealership. Low volume sales is what that car line is all about.
Yes, the UAW was a big part of the problem.
Too bad VW didn't learn their lesson.
Nobody wants to face it but big companies often prefer to deal with the union over the individual.
The UAW? There goes VW’s fahrtvunoogan!
There was a sitcom many years ago where one of the characters bought a VW Rabbit convertible. His friend at the office told him it was a girl’s car so he put a bumper sticker on it that said “I DIG CHICKS”. His friends response was “Great, not it’s a dike’s car.”
I’m pretty certain a good number of the VW Chattanooga workers came over from the Ford Nashville plant during the 2008/9 period.
Would be surprised if the UAW didn’t move over organizers during that time frame also.
Senator Corker is pulling no punches on this issue:
The 2007-1010 version of the Passat (B6 platform) was German-built, is fun to drive and better looking. They’re having a hard time selling the Chattanooga B7 and are furloughing workers, which might explain the UAWs traction with the workers... VWs target audience (who they ignored) looks at the B7 and says “meh ... might as well get a Camry”.
Ahem. I happen to have a 2002 Beetle Turbo S.
My wife would probably not agree with your assessment.
(btw, 0-60 in 6 seconds -- personally clocked -- and a top speed of 220 kph -- though I've only gone to 180, doesn't sound like a chick car to me -- I call it my "poor man's TT")
If this happens, it’s a game changer — would be the first successful auto organizing drive in a right to work state. If they can organize in Tennessee they can organize anywhere. Scary. Bob Corker, despite being a RINO on other issues, has personally intervened against the UAW but still it looks dicey.
My daughter bought a VW. It was a POS. To change the water pump they had to remove half the front end of the car.
She got rid of it and is now a happy Toyota owner.
Looks like VW essentially invited the UAW in...
Not sure what the motive could be there.
You’re observation is correct- this is interesting that a Union will organize in a right to work state. However, this vote is basically 50/50 which means that if the UAW get Collective Bargaining, 50% of the members will not join the Union. Plus, some people that voted yes, probably won’t join. How will the UAW react to the cost of presenting a plant in which less than 50% aren’t members.
The VW Rabbit that Stephanie Zimbalist drove in Remington Steele suited her well I thought.
Yep! Look at any objective quality performance metric and VW is at the bottom for all models. Not sure how they stay in business now.
I think the German unions forced them to. Could mean trouble for other non union plants where main production facilities are unionized -- which is basically true for the entire auto industry.
I bought a new 1980 VW Rabbit Diesel back in 1980. The stripped C model. I could go 0 to 60 in about six hours and it would go over 80 MPH if you drove it off a tall cliff.
Joking aside. I really loved that car. I was getting ready to separate from the Air force and finish college and that car got me 50 MPG on the highway and around 41 MPG combined. There were months during my college years that I spent $10 on fuel and yet I lived eight miles from the campus, plus I had a job.
Oh yeah! Stephanie Zimbalist, she was hot. Hated the British guy but watched only to see her. Forgot she drove a POS VW!
Sounds like an Opel Kadett that I once had.
Funny thing, though, I later bought a Manta that went like greased lightning...
Never was the biggest PB fan but he was OK. Stephanie Z was the better part of the pair and did give the little vw rabbit some character.
I have all the DVDs and an autographed copy of the RS book plus some autographed theater stuff SZ signed that came with it.
0-60 in six seconds is somewhat pedestrian these days.
VW might just want to close shop if that happens.
Is TN a union state?
Corker is upset that AL Qaeda didn’t get a kickback in the deal
Auf Wiedersehen, Tennessee.
So, what happens in a right to work state to the workers who don’t want to join the union??
Tennessee is, and always has been, a right to work state.
There are some unions but it is basically a right to work state.