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US: UAW needs to rethink its strategy
According to Gary Chaison, a labor law professor at Clark University in Massaachusetts, the defeat “seems as if it’s just a continuing spiral of decline for the American labor movement.” inautonews.com
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UAW may challenge loss at VW factory in Tennessee
UAW officials suggested that they may challenge the 712-626 loss, announced late Friday after a three-day vote. UAW President Bob King quickly blamed the "deeply disappointing" defeat on "unprecedented interference" by Republican politicians and political groups who said unionization would result in Volkswagen losing state subsidies and pushing production of a new crossover vehicle to Mexico instead of Chattanooga. Los Angeles Times
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3 lessons from the VW union defeat in Tennessee
Forty-four votes. If 44 workers at Volkwagen's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn. -- less than 3 percent of the plant's 1,560 hourly employees -- had voted "yes" instead of "no" in last week's closely-followed union election, the United Auto Workers and labor would be celebrating a "historic" victory in the South. southernstudies.org
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VW Sticks to Tennessee Works Council Plan After UAW Miss
Volkswagen AG (VOW) plans to pursue labor representation at its Tennessee car factory even after employees voted against joining the United Auto Workers union. The world’s second-largest carmaker intends to organize a works council at the site in Chattanooga, where 53 percent of workers rejected UAW membership in balloting that ended Feb. 14. The employee groups, which are common throughout Volkswagen’s home country of Germany, deal with workplace issues, such as scheduling and safety, and represent staff in disputes with management. Bloomberg
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Three Key Reasons Why The South Will Keep Fighting The UAW Comment Now Follow Comments
The United Auto Workers union can’t be blamed if it is still in shock this weekend. Late Friday, workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., defeated a union organizing drive that until this past week looked like a sure thing. The VW workers, who seemed bound to give the UAW the Southern car plant victory it has long sought, instead turned down union membership by a margin of about 54 percent to 46 percent. Forbes
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The South vs. the United Auto Workers union: Why that fight will continue (Driving Alabama)
Many auto industry observers outside the South were stunned at the United Auto Workers' loss in an election at Volkswagen on Friday, but they should not have been, an automotive journalist from Michigan writes in a piece for Forbes. AL.com
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Conservative group to bring its anti-union campaign to Alabama
A conservative group with ties to anti-tax activist Grover Norquist is bringing its anti-union campaign to Alabama's Mercedes-Benz plant, where the United Auto Workers is trying to organize. AL.com
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That's The Randle Report for Monday, February 17, 2014
Join us again on tomorrow morning for all of the American South's business, economic development and political news in real time and in one place. Use the sort buttons or the search window above to find your favorite stories from yesterday, last week, last month or last year. Click on the headline to access Southern Business & Development magazine.
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Gov. Haslam renews push for new SUV line at VW


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Volkswagen's Union Defeat
The decision by workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee to reject the United Auto Workers is the best news so far this year for the American economy. Even with Volkswagen management on its side, the union that combined with CEOs to nearly ruin U.S. car makers couldn't persuade a majority voting in a secret ballot to let it become their agent to bargain with the foreign-owned company. This wasn't merely one more failed union organizing attempt. The UAW and its chief Bob King spent years working toward this vote as part of its strategy to organize plants in the American South, and all the stars were aligned in its favor. The Wall Street Journal
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