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Feb 15, 2014

Volkswagen workers in Tennessee vote no to union representation

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) – In a stunning defeat that could accelerate the decades-long decline of the United Auto Workers, employees voted against union representation at Volkswagen AG’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant, a factory seen as organized labor’s best chance to expand in the U.S. South.

An official overseeing the vote, retired judge Sam Payne, said that a majority had voted against UAW representation by 712 to 626.

Feb 15, 2014

VW workers in Tennessee vote no to union representation

, Feb 14 (Reuters) – In a stunning defeat
that could accelerate the decades-long decline of the United
Auto Workers, employees voted against union representation at
Volkswagen AG’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant, a
factory seen as organized labor’s best chance to expand in the
U.S. South.

An official overseeing the vote, retired judge Sam Payne,
said that a majority had voted against UAW representation by 712
to 626.

Feb 15, 2014

Union vote at VW plant nears end after Obama weighs in

/CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) – P resident Barack Obama on Friday waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG’s plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.

Obama’s comments, made at a closed-door meeting of Democratic lawmakers in Maryland, came as the vote to allow union representation at the Chattanooga plant drew to a close.

Feb 14, 2014

Obama weighs in on contentious union vote at Volkswagen plant

, Feb 14 (Reuters) -
P resident Barack Obama on Friday waded into a high-stakes union
vote at Volkswagen AG’s plant in Tennessee, accusing
Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more
concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.

Obama’s comments, made at a closed-door meeting of
Democratic lawmakers in Maryland, came as the vote to allow
union representation at the Chattanooga plant drew to a close.

Feb 14, 2014

Historic UAW vote at Volkswagen plant nears finish line

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) – Workers at Volkswagen AG’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, had just a few hours left on Friday to cast their ballots in a vote that could decide whether the once-powerful United Auto Workers union will gain a foothold in the foreign-owned auto industry that has sprung up in the American South.

The vote to allow workers’ union representation at the Chattanooga plant will have wide-reaching implications for the auto industry in the South, where most foreign-owned plants employ nonunion labor, and for the UAW, which could use a victory to reverse a decades-long downward spiral.

Feb 14, 2014

As Volkswagen workers vote, Tennessee senator ramps up anti-union talk

, Feb 13 (Reuters) – One of
Tennessee’s two U.S. senators ramped up his anti-union rhetoric
on Thursday in an attempt to sway workers at Volkswagen AG’s
Chattanooga plant who are voting this week on
representation by the United Auto Workers.

Republican Senator Bob Corker told Reuters on Thursday that
he is “very certain that if the UAW is voted down,” the
automaker will announce new investment in the plant “in the next
couple weeks.”

Feb 13, 2014

VW: Union vote has nothing to do with adding vehicle line

, Feb 13 (Reuters) – German automaker
Volkswagen AG, in a brief but bluntly worded
statement on Thursday, said a vote this week on union
representation at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant would have
no bearing on whether it will build a new crossover vehicle
there.

The statement was contrary to U.S. Senator Bob Corker’s
announcement on Wednesday that he had been “assured” that if
workers at the factory reject United Auto Worker representation,
the company would reward the plant with a new product to build.

Feb 13, 2014

Union vote has nothing to do with adding vehicle line: Volkswagen

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) – German automaker Volkswagen AG, in a brief but bluntly worded statement Thursday, said a vote this week on union representation at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant would have no bearing on whether it will build a new crossover vehicle there.

The statement was contrary to U.S. Senator Bob Corker’s announcement yesterday that he had been “assured” that if workers at the factory reject United Auto Worker representation, the company would reward the plant with a new product to build.

Feb 13, 2014

U.S. senator drops bombshell during VW plant union vote

, Feb 12 (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bob
Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday he has been “assured” that
if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his
hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker
representation, the company will reward the plant with a new
product to build.

Corker’s bombshell, which runs counter to public statements
by Volkswagen, was dropped on the first of a three-day secret
ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant
whether to allow the UAW to represent them.

Feb 13, 2014

Tennessee senator says new VW product on way if UAW union rejected

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build.

Corker, long an opponent of the union which he says hurts economic and job growth in Tennessee, made his comments on the first of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant whether to allow the UAW to represent them.