Daimler neutral on UAW effort to organize plant

By David Shepardson, The Detroit News

Daimler AG chairman Dieter Zetsche said the German automaker is neutral on efforts by the United Auto Workers to organize its only U.S. plant, but said he has had no talks with the union about renewed organizing efforts at the Alabama facility.

UAW: ‘No’ doesn’t mean ‘no’

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Like former Soviet premier Nikita Kruschev famously uttering “We will bury you” to Western ambassadors, United Auto Workers secretary/treasurer Gary Casteel confidently told Times Free Press writers and editors Friday that Volkswagen soon would recognize UAW Local 42 by dealing with its members and in time could voluntarily recognize the local as the majority representative of company employees (i.e., without a vote).

The United Auto Workers on the Skids?

By Vincent Vernuccio, Capital Research Center

It’s been a long, slow slide for the United Auto Workers, which hit its peak in the early 1950s. Defeated in a critical unionization election in the South and facing a critical change in state law in its home base in Michigan, the UAW has responded to the challenge by raising dues and by staying the course on policy and leadership.

UAW says union membership near majority at VW Tennessee plant

By Bernie Woodall, Reuters

The United Auto Workers, which lost a controversial organizing vote in February at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has nearly enough members in its newly formed local for the automaker to recognize it as exclusive bargaining agent for the plant, a top union official said on Friday.