Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers are working toward labor harmony with union representation at VW’s Chattanooga plant. So a right-wing anti-union group is mounting the fight that VW doesn’t want to wage, fearing that success by the UAW could give unionization momentum in the “right-to-work” South.
The United Auto Workers union has mounted significant efforts to do what seems the impossible: Organize two foreign-owned auto plants in the Deep South, the cradle of the nation’s right-to-work movement. Their success could mean a rebirth for a major player in organized labor.
What appears to be an impromptu shift in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s stance on the right-to-work bill he signed into law this week was a consequence of months of planning supported by the Koch family and the behind-the-scenes conservative lobby group ALEC.
The United Auto Workers is expected to file a complaint that accuses Mitt Romney of violating the federal Ethics in Government Act by concealing a multimillion dollar windfall he received in the auto industry bailout, journalist Greg Palast reports.
The United Auto Workers and GM announced late Friday that after more than seven weeks of negotiations the two had agreed on a four-year contract that included new jobs, improved profit-sharing and better health care benefits.