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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