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But Chaison said it will be difficult to tie the politicians to the company, which remained neutral throughout the voting process.
In Toronto, Unifor National President Jerry Dias lamented the news from Chattanooga.
the employer that has real power, he said.
is a very sad story republicans and well funded conservative groups have convinced workers to vote against their own best interest, Dias said.
VW wanted a German style council in Chattanooga to give employees a say over working conditions. law won allow it without an independent union.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said through a spokesman that he was pleased with the vote and forward to working with the company on future growth in Tennessee. echoed that sentiment in a release issued after the vote.
this was going to work anywhere, this is where it was going to work, she said of the Volkswagen vote.
plants all over Europe are unionized. There is no good reason for American workers not to have the right to a union and all the benefits unions bring, he said in a statement issued late Friday night.
Organizing a Southern plant is so crucial to the union that UAW President Bob King told workers in a speech that the union has no long term future without it. The loss means the union remains largely quarantined with the Detroit Three in the Midwest and Northeast.
Instead of celebrating a potential watershed moment for labour politics in the region, UAW supporters were left crestfallen by the 712 626 vote against union representation in the election that ended Friday night.
Then I saw the union elections take palce. They had pension persons, stewards, Safety and on on, then there were alternates for each position, then there were reps on all the shifts. In round numbers it looked like there were about 100 union people representing 4,500 workers. The work force is not 44,000 anymore maybe the union should scale back and reduce deductions. They are really not doing much anymore. On the flipside the corporation could play less games and they wouldn need a union. Fair profit sharring is the best approach.
for the union, said Gary Chaison, a labour relations professor at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.
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Dziczek said the union may have to change its tactics in future organizing efforts, because King strategy of the union and company working together to help each other did not work.
to say, I am thrilled for the employees at Volkswagen and for our community and its future, he said.
Many viewed VW as the union best Nike Air Huarache Light Safari Women's chance to gain a crucial foothold in the South because other automakers have not been as welcoming as Volkswagen. Labor interests make up half of the supervisory board at VW in Germany, and they questioned why the Chattanooga plant is the company only major factory worldwide without formal worker representation.
After 53 per cent of the workers voted against his union, King said he was outraged at what he called interference in the election. He wouldn rule out challenging the outcome with the National Labor Relations Board. senator, the governor, the leader of the House, the legislature here, threatened the company with no incentives, threatened workers with a loss of product, King said. look at all our options in the next few days. union could contend that Corker and other local politicians were in collusion with VW and tried to frighten workers into thinking the SUV would be built in Mexico if they voted Nike Huarache Sneakers
The UAW is a sister union to Unifor, which was formed last year by merging the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions.
Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee was the most vocal opponent, saying that he was told that VW would soon announce plans to build a new SUV in Chattanooga if workers rejected the union. That was later denied by a VW executive, who said the union vote had no bearing on expansion decisions. Other state politicians threatened to cut off state incentives for the plant to expand if the union was approved.
Canada, we don face the same pressures, but still the legislative climate favours big business over workers right to choose, he added.
The result stunned many labour experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches.
With files from The Canadian Press
The loss put a spotlight on the union major difficulty in the South: signing up people who have no history with organized labour and are fearful of being the first in the area to join, Chaison said.
In Chattanooga, the union faced stern opposition from Republican politicians who warned that a UAW victory would chase away other automakers who might come to the region.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. Just 87 votes at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee separated the United Auto Workers union from what would have been its first successful organization of workers at a foreign automaker in the South.
The loss is a major setback for the UAW effort to make inroads in the growing South, where foreign automakers have 14 assembly plants, eight built in the past decade, said Kristin Dziczek, director of the labour and industry group at the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think tank in Michigan.
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