QOTD: Will the Union’s Volkswagen Victory Pave Way for More?


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Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted to unionize on Friday. But the UAW won’t stop there.

According to Reuters, next up for the UAW is a mid-May vote to unionize at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama.

It might be a tougher fight for the union, since, as Reuters points out, Mercedes-Benz is being more anti-union than Volkswagen was. VW was pretty neutral, but MB is making anti-union arguments to its workers.

On the other hand, the results at VW were pretty decisively pro-union. That could provide momentum to the UAW as it pushes to unionize other non-union plants throughout the American South.

A CNN article published last fall after the UAW strike suggests that the union has targeted plants run 10 foreign and three American auto makers. The foreign automakers include BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo, while the three American companies are all EV startups: Lucid, Rivian, and Tesla.

That same article points out that Honda, Hyundai, Subaru, and Toyota did give their non-union labor raises after the UAW strike concluded. CNN also reported at the time that the UAW said it would be targeting 150,000 workers across 36 plants.

Even if the vote in Alabama doesn’t go the UAW’s way, we’d bet that they continue to push for unionization at non-union plants. That said, if they win in ‘Bama, they may have an easier time succeeding in future fights.

What say you? Is Chattanooga a one-off or a harbinger of things to come? Or will the UAW’s drive end up having mixed results?

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