Shortcut Navigation:

AFL-CIO Now

Showing blog posts tagged with Tennessee

Auto Workers to Form Chattanooga Local

UAW members didn't give up after a vote to unionize at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., barely missed passage in February. They continued to move forward, and the union announced Thursday that it had reached a consensus with VW and will form Local 42 for workers at the Chattanooga plant. While no formal agreement has been reached, UAW officials say they expect the automaker to recognize the union once enough of the plant's employees have signed up, although no specific threshold was announced.

Read more and comment »

NLRB Charges Kellogg with Unlawful Conduct in Memphis Lockout

The National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint Thursday against the Kellogg Co., charging the cereal maker with violating federal labor law in its more than five-month lockout of 22 workers at its Memphis, Tenn., plant. 

Take action to support the Kellogg's workers.

Read more and comment »

In the States Roundup for March 18

Photo courtesy BikePortland.org on Flickr

Here's a look at some of the recent key battles in the states.

Read more and comment »

What Happens When You Build a State-of-the-Art Training Center? The City Names Part of the Highway After You

George Bove poses with the new IBEW highway sign.

Knoxville, Tenn., is pretty proud of the Electrical Workers (IBEW) Electrician Training Academy. So proud, in fact, it renamed 2 miles of Interstate 75 after the union training facility. 

Read more and comment »

Winners and Losers of the Week

Photo courtesy the Bay Area Bias on Flickr, cropped by AFL-CIO

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the people or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

Read more and comment »

The Final Countdown: Snow Doesn't Stop Volkswagen Workers from Voting Union 'Yes' with UAW

Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., are braving snow and extreme winter conditions this week to ensure their voice is heard on a union vote to be represented by UAW. Polls close tonight at 8:30 p.m. EST and the final count is expected to be announced at 10:30 p.m. EST. 

Read more and comment »

Volkswagen Workers in Tennessee to Vote on Forming First Works Council in U.S.

Photo courtesy Karen Roe

On Feb. 12–14, workers at the Chattanooga, Tenn., Volkswagen factory will vote to unionize. If successful, they plan to organize under the works council model that is common at the company's factories outside the United States. Currently, the Tennessee location is the only major Volkswagen production facility in the world that does not have labor representation. Works councils enable workers to collaborate with management in improving the workplace and increasing company success.

Read more and comment »

Tennessee Anti-Union Voices Ignore Positive Economic Impact of Workers Having a Voice on the Job

Photo of worker holding UAW sign at D.C. protest.

In September, the majority of workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., signed cards authorizing their affiliation with the UAW and the creation of a German-style "works council" at the plant. Daniel Cornfield, a professor of sociology and political science at Vanderbilt University, says those speaking out against the workers and the UAW need to take a look at positive economic impact unionized workers and the companies they work at have on Tennessee.

Read more and comment »

Hey, Kellogg, This Isn't Grrreat!

Hey, Kellogg, This Isn't Grrreat!

Global cereal and snack giant Kellogg Co. locked out workers represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local Union 252G last Tuesday at the company’s Memphis cereal facility.

CLICK HERE to download a full fact sheet on the lockout.

Read more and comment »

Now That the Election Is Over, the Real Battles in the States Begin

Photo of Rick Snyder courtesy Michigan Municipal League

While government in Washington, D.C., remains divided and marked by long-term gridlock, governments in the states are much less divided. Of the 50 states, 37 now feature state governments where the governor and majorities in both legislative houses are controlled by one party—24 of those are controlled by Republicans. Extreme, anti-working family Republicans have repeatedly assaulted the rights of people in recent years and, by all accounts, the trend looks to expand in 2013. Working families are mobilized and fought back in 2012 and will continue to fight in 2013.  The response to the "right to work" for less push in Michigan was so strong, that governors in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin have since declared that they won't push for right to work in their states.

Read more and comment »

Online Community

Take Action

Stop Fast Track

Sign the petition and tell Congress to stop the Fast Track bill, it's undemocratic and bad for working families.

Connect With Us

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Flickr

Get Email from AFL-CIO

Are you a union member?

Facebook Favorites

Blogs

Join Us Online