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VW Workers in Tennessee Vote; Test Union Ambitions
Posted On: Apr 17, 2024
Apr. 17, 2024 | ORGANIZING | Last fall the United Automobile Workers union won big pay increases from the Detroit automakers, and the impact rippled quickly through the nonunion auto plants scattered across the South. Afterward, Toyota, Honda, Volkswagen, Nissan, Hyundai and Tesla raised wages for their own hourly workers in the U.S., none of whom are unionized. On production lines in Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and elsewhere, those pay increases have been referred to as the “U.A.W. bump.” Now 4,300 workers at VW’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., will test whether the union can achieve an even greater bump. They began voting today on whether to join the UAW, and the prospects of a union victory appear high. About 70 percent of the workers pledged to vote yes before the union asked for a vote, according to the UAW. New York Times
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