Welcome to The Times in Plain English   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to The Times in Plain English

Labor, Management Breakthrough at VW U.S. Plant

November 16, 2014
Plain English Version

vw plant

VW did not have a works council in its only U.S. plant, located in Chattanooga, Tenn.

For years, the United Auto Workers (U.A.W.) has been trying to organize workers at a foreign-owned U.S. auto plant. Strong unions at VW in Germany urged the company to support a vote at the U.S. plant. The U.A.W. tried to get the workers at VW’s factory to vote them in as their union. The workers voted against the U.A.W. It was seen as a big defeat for labor.

There are many foreign auto companies with factories in the U.S. The unions do not represent workers at these modern plants.

A works council brings the U.A.W. and other employee groups into the mix at the VW factory. No single union now represents the workers. The U.A.W. hopes 50 percent of the workers will ask to join the U.A.W. VW said it would recognize the union.

This could be a big change in the fortunes of trade unions.

The U.A.W. was once a mighty union. It lost most of its membership in the recession of 2007. The auto companies took a big hit. General Motors and Chrysler had to be rescued by the federal government.

Over the years, critics have said that the union overplayed its hand. American wages, fringe benefits and pensions were very good. Workers enjoyed a middle-class way of life. Then times got bad. The workers lost jobs and benefits.

The U.S. economic recovery has been slow. More workers are in part-time jobs than ever before, usually with no benefits.

Ideally, unions will play a role in improving the lives of workers.

Source: The New York Times November 12, 2014

Print Friendly

In Brief

Selling Kids on Vegetables

How to get kids to eat vegetables? Marketing is the answer. You can call it tricks or just good ideas. Whatever works.

School lunchrooms are...

What Do You Call Yourself if Your Mother is White and Your Father is Black?

On the 2010 Census, President Barack Obama, identified himself as  “black.” But millions of Americans consider themselves “bi- or multi-racial.”  And their numbers are...

Mending Walls, By Robert Frost

Robert Frost (1874 – 1963) was a great American poet. Just before he died, he read his poetry at the inauguration of President John...

Pineapple on Pizza? The Global Debate

The President of Iceland started it. Last week he joked that pizza topped with pineapple should be outlawed. His remarks set off a debate...

Archives

Dictionary
  • dictionary
  • English Dictionary

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by dictionarist.com
Click to listen highlighted text!