1. Union Vote At VW Factory In Tennessee Could Shake Up U.S. Auto Industry

Forbes

Speed Read:

VW’s 1,500 U.S. work­ers vote next week on whether to join UAW. The result will have big impli­ca­tions for the U.S. auto indus­try as a whole.

UAW win would tur­bocharge efforts to union­ize oth­er for­eign-owned fac­to­ries, and turn around a decline in mem­ber­ship that’s last­ed decades. But a loss could deal a blow to all UAW mem­bers.

Drill-Down Details:

  • Secret-bal­lot elec­tion being con­duct­ed by Nat’l Labor Rela­tions Board
  • Elec­tion sched­uled for Feb. 12–14 at VW plant in Chat­tanooga
  • First time in 13 years UAW has aimed to rep­re­sent work­ers at a for­eign-owned fac­to­ry
  • Win could raise wages at oth­er non-union plants
  • But a loss could be dam­ag­ing for UAW mem­bers at Detroit Three

Cur­rent Detroit Three con­tracts with UAW expire in 2015

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