First Blood On VW’s Floor

By Roy Exum,

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.

The UAW Won’t Leave

In the northwestern corner of Alabama is the tiny town of Hamilton, where the folks who work for the big ball-bearing company, NTN-Bower, are having a tough time.