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“Weakest link” is no way to run your workplace

He was fired only 78 days later, and he hadn’t even had a chance to take over the show. His “listening tour” with employees, which began in September and was continuing when he was fired, is supposedly what did him in....more

Volkswagen Adopts "European-Style" Labor Engagement Policy for Chattanooga . . . But Will It Stall?

Last week, Volkswagen Group of America announced a "Community Organization Engagement" policy that will allow labor organizations to engage in what the company calls "constructive dialogue" with the company and employees at...more

"Turning Up the Heat" – Organizing Efforts in the South

It is no coincidence that the incredible resurgence of manufacturing in the Southeastern United States occurred in the absence of unionized facilities. Automotive, aerospace, and appliance manufacturers have flocked to the...more

Can Works Councils Be Legally Imported From the EU and Germany?

After workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., rejected an attempt by the United Auto Workers to gain representation, the company continued to express interest in bringing in a German-style works council, Kristin...more

Is the NLRB’s Brown University Decision on Its Last Leg?

The National Labor Relations Board’s treatment of college and university students as “employees” covered by the National Labor Relations Act has been the subject of a tortured history. In the Fall of 2000, in a case...more

Why Did the UAW Withdraw its Objections to the Volkswagen Election?

The UAW surprised many observers on April 21, 2014 by withdrawing its objections to the February 12-14, 2014 election at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant. After employees voted by a 53% margin to reject...more

UAW’s Loss at VW—What To Expect

The United Auto Workers suffered a devastating defeat at the polls at Volkswagen AG’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant on Valentine's Day, losing a National Labor Relations Board-conducted election by a vote of 712 to 626. The...more

UAW Re-Establishing Importance by Opening Doors With Foreign Carmaker in the U.S.

Union membership has been in a steady decline for decades, reaching, according to a N.Y. Times article, a 97-year low. While much of the perception and general opinion for the sharp decline in 2012 (from 11.8% to 11.3% of the...more

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