Dennis Williams, the current President of the United Auto Workers union (UAW), hailed the progress the union has made in organizing two major auto plants in the southeastern United States. The reader may recall that Mr. Williams’ organization suffered an embarrassing loss in a union election at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant earlier this year when the union lost the election unopposed. However, the loss has not dampened the UAW’s resolve.
Earlier this summer, the union created a local in Chattanooga, with the hope that it would spur VW workers to join. Williams is optimistic that enough VW employees will join the local that VW will recognize the UAW without having to re-run an election next year. 750 workers have purportedly already signed up.
With the “local” strategy seemingly bearing fruit in Chattanooga, the union also expects to open a local near the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama. And if the UAW elects to file a petition, the union will again run unopposed, as Mercedes-Benz has publicly stated that it will remain neutral and allow its workers to choose.
We have been watching the UAW’s organizing drives closely and will make sure to keep you posted, so stay tuned.