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    VW workers may block southern U.S. deals if no unions

    VW workers may block southern U.S. deals if no unions: labor chief


    Reuters Berlin
    Feb 19, 2014
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A1I0S820140219


    A general view of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga,Tennessee February 14, 2014.

    (Reuters) - Volkswagen's top labor representative threatened on Wednesday to try to block further investments by the German carmaker in the southern United States if its workers there are not unionized.

    Workers at VW's factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last Friday voted against representation by the United Auto Workers union (UAW), rejecting efforts by VW representatives to set up a German-style works council at the plant.

    German workers enjoy considerable influence over company decisions under the legally enshrined "co-determination" principle which is anathema to many politicians in the U.S. who see organized labor as a threat to profits and job growth.

    Chattanooga is VW's only factory in the U.S. and one of the company's few in the world without a works council.

    "I can imagine fairly well that another VW factory in the United States, provided that one more should still be set up there, does not necessarily have to be assigned to the south again," said Bernd Osterloh, head of VW's works council.

    "If co-determination isn't guaranteed in the first place, we as workers will hardly be able to vote in favor" of potentially building another plant in the U.S. south, Osterloh, who is also on VW's supervisory board, said.

    The 20-member panel - evenly split between labor and management - has to approve any decision on closing plants or building new ones.

    Osterloh's comments were published on Wednesday in German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. A spokesman at the Wolfsburg-based works council confirmed the remarks.

    "The conservatives stirred up massive, anti-union sentiments," Osterloh said. "It's possible that the conclusion will be drawn that this interference amounted to unfair labor praxis."

    Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker, a staunch opponent of unionization, said last Wednesday after the first day of voting that VW would award the factory another model if the UAW was rejected.

    The comments even prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to intervene, accusing Republicans of trying to block the Chattanooga workforce's efforts.

    Undeterred by last Friday's vote, VW's works council has said it will press on with efforts to set up labor representation at Chattanooga which builds the Passat sedan.

    (Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Louise Ireland)


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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloViejo View Post
    VW workers may block southern U.S. deals if no unions: labor chief


    Reuters Berlin
    Feb 19, 2014
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/...A1I0S820140219


    A general view of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga,Tennessee February 14, 2014.

    (Reuters) - Volkswagen's top labor representative threatened on Wednesday to try to block further investments by the German carmaker in the southern United States if its workers there are not unionized.

    Workers at VW's factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last Friday voted against representation by the United Auto Workers union (UAW), rejecting efforts by VW representatives to set up a German-style works council at the plant.

    German workers enjoy considerable influence over company decisions under the legally enshrined "co-determination" principle which is anathema to many politicians in the U.S. who see organized labor as a threat to profits and job growth.

    Chattanooga is VW's only factory in the U.S. and one of the company's few in the world without a works council.

    "I can imagine fairly well that another VW factory in the United States, provided that one more should still be set up there, does not necessarily have to be assigned to the south again," said Bernd Osterloh, head of VW's works council.

    "If co-determination isn't guaranteed in the first place, we as workers will hardly be able to vote in favor" of potentially building another plant in the U.S. south, Osterloh, who is also on VW's supervisory board, said.

    The 20-member panel - evenly split between labor and management - has to approve any decision on closing plants or building new ones.

    Osterloh's comments were published on Wednesday in German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. A spokesman at the Wolfsburg-based works council confirmed the remarks.

    "The conservatives stirred up massive, anti-union sentiments," Osterloh said. "It's possible that the conclusion will be drawn that this interference amounted to unfair labor praxis."

    Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker, a staunch opponent of unionization, said last Wednesday after the first day of voting that VW would award the factory another model if the UAW was rejected.

    The comments even prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to intervene, accusing Republicans of trying to block the Chattanooga workforce's efforts.

    Undeterred by last Friday's vote, VW's works council has said it will press on with efforts to set up labor representation at Chattanooga which builds the Passat sedan.

    (Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Louise Ireland)
    It's amazing, isn't it! Wouldn't you think that by now people would realize that you can't believe anything that comes out of any Republican's mouth?

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    Agreed.

    As to VW, the anti-union politicians apparently forgot about the 800 lb gorilla in the shadows of the US negotiations..the German Works Council, which controls half of the board of VW. Any decision must be approved by a 2/3 majority of the board members and if the union says 'no more manufacturing plants' in right to work states then that's that. The jobs will instead go to union friendly states at higher wages and with union representation to protect the workers. The blue states win and the red states lose. I mean it's not as if those wealthy red states need any more jobs is it? After all their GOP leadership and policies are so good that the ten poorest states are all GOP controlled.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloViejo View Post
    Agreed.

    As to VW, the anti-union politicians apparently forgot about the 800 lb gorilla in the shadows of the US negotiations..the German Works Council, which controls half of the board of VW. Any decision must be approved by a 2/3 majority of the board members and if the union says 'no more manufacturing plants' in right to work states then that's that. The jobs will instead go to union friendly states at higher wages and with union representation to protect the workers. The blue states win and the red states lose. I mean it's not as if those wealthy red states need any more jobs is it? After all their GOP leadership and policies are so good that the ten poorest states are all GOP controlled.
    LOL, yep, and those Repig governors are all out there lying their butts off at every opportunity about the state of their states! Funny thing I noticed last night, Boehner and Jindal are both darker than the president! LMAO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gayle in MD View Post
    LOL, yep, and those Repig governors are all out there lying their butts off at every opportunity about the state of their states! Funny thing I noticed last night, Boehner and Jindel are both darker than the president! LMAO!

    Boehner needs to lay off the self tanning lotion. He's looking like an Oompa Loompa!



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    Quote Originally Posted by DiabloViejo View Post
    Boehner needs to lay off the self tanning lotion. He's looking like an Oompa Loompa!

    LMAO, and the booze!

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