The Union That Won’t Take No for an Answer

By Mark Mix, National Review Online

In 1908, following his third unsuccessful bid for the presidency, William Jennings Bryan told the story of a Texas drunk who tries to get into a bar. The first time the drunk comes through the door, he is quickly escorted out. The second time, he’s roughly hustled away. The third time, he’s tossed out onto the street. Before he finally goes on his way, he remarks, “I guess they don’t want me in there.”

Where Have All Our Wages Gone?

By Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View

Many theories have been advanced for why unions, and median wages, aren’t growing very fast. Some say there’s a causal link, which runs something like this: The Reagan administration gutted union protections, making it harder to organize workers. Without a powerful union to represent them, workers were at the mercy of greedy bosses who ruthlessly forced down their wage packets.

UAW and Ford to negotiate a new contract this year

By Joseph S. Pete, nwitimes.com

Collective bargaining got off to a contentious start in 2015 when BP and the United Steelworkers union weren’t able to reach a new pact, but the Whiting refinery isn’t the only industrial facility in the Calumet Region where negotiations are coming up.

First Blood On VW’s Floor

By Roy Exum, chattanoogan.com

Volkswagen officials were scheduled to meet with state lawmakers in Nashville today about a $178 million incentive package to expand the Chattanooga assembly plant but apparently there is already “blood on the floor” at the Chattanooga Assembly plant.

National labor disputes to cast shadow over UAW talks

By Brent Snavely, Detroit Free Press

More than 20,000 dockworkers on the West Coast are locked in a bitter labor dispute and oil industry workers are on the largest strike since 1980 just as the UAW plans a bargaining convention that will set the tone for contract talks with the Detroit Three later this year.

Volkswagen’s Sort-of Union in Tennessee

By Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg Business

A year ago in Chattanooga, the United Auto Workers suffered a surprise setback. A vote at Volkswagen, the union’s high-stakes stab at securing a rare foothold among foreign automakers in the South, ended in embarrassing defeat. Yet in January, VW and the UAW started holding thrice-monthly sit-downs anyway.