Kellogg Lockout Continues: Steven Greenhouse of the New York Times writes that employees at the Kellogg plant in Memphis, TN have been locked out for more than three months. The more than 225 locked-out employees, represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (the union), are hoping that the National Labor Relations Board steps in to declare the lock-out illegal. The plant, in turn, is hoping it can just wait out the workers until they crack and begin to cross the pickets. We will keep you posted as to any developments.
TN Republicans Threaten VW Over Union: Brent Snavely of the Detroit Free Press writes that Republican legislators in Tennessee have made clear that they do not want the UAW at the Chattanooga, TN Volkswagen plant. Some legislators have accused VW of backing the UAW, while others yesterday threatened to withhold tax incentives from the German automaker if the plant's employees vote to join the UAW.
"It has been widely reported that Volkswagen has promoted a campaign that has been unfair, unbalanced and, quite frankly, un-American in the traditions of American labor campaigns," State Sen. Bo Watson, R-Chattanooga, said in a statement sent to the Free Press. "Should the workers choose to be represented by the United Auto Workers, then I believe additional incentives for expansion will have a very tough time passing the Tennessee Senate."
The election, set to begin tomorrow and last through Friday, will be monitored by a National Labor Relations Board official. We will keep you posted on the results of the election.
UPMC Nurses To Strike Today: William Kibler of the Altoona Mirror writes that registered nurses working at UPMC Altoona in Pennsylvania will partake in a 24-hour strike today. The strike was called after the hospital walked out of contract talks during collective bargaining negotiations. In an informal poll, approximately 25 percent of the 800 RNs at UPMC said they would be crossing the pickets and would not participate in the strike action.