Apr 17, 2024

Workers take on car giant Volkswagen in fight for pay

BBC. Yolanda Peoples has worked on prior union drives that failed during her 13 years at Volkswagen. Yolanda Peoples has tried for more than a decade to convince her co-workers at Volkswagen's factory in the southern state of Tennessee that joining the United Autoworkers Union would pay off in increased job security, higher wages and a more comfortable retirement. The election, which involves roughly 4,300 workers and starts on 17 April, is the first to emerge from a campaign UAW leaders announced last year to try to win new members at 13 foreign-owned car factories based in the south. Prior efforts to unionise in Chattanooga and elsewhere in the south have failed in the face of fierce criticism from local politicians, Republicans, who warned a vote for the union could threaten government support for Volkswagen and make the state less appealing for business investment. Union supporter Zachary Costello says attitudes have shifted since he started to work at Volkswagen seven years ago.

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