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Category Archive: UAW

  • Wisconsin Union Intimidates Dissidents

    Posted on Dec 02, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    One of Big Labor’s notorious intimidation tactics is the so-called “scab list”—a public list of employees represented by the union who aren’t participating in some union activity, usually striking or paying nonmember “agency fees” in states where they aren’t mandatory. Last week, we covered one United Auto Workers local (UAW Local 600) which intimidated dissenters […]

  • UAW Local 600 Bullies Members Who Leave the Union

    Posted on Nov 23, 2015 by LaborPains.org Team

    Under current labor law, leaving a union is anything but easy—even in right-to-work states. Todd Lemire, a Michigan plant worker and union member of over 17 years, found that out the hard way when he decided to leave his UAW Local 600 this summer. Following the opt-out, Local 600 Tool and Die Unit President Bob […]

  • Desperate UAW Digs in for Chattanooga Fight

    Posted on Jul 11, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    If you thought that a defeat for a union in a unionization election was the end of Big Labor’s efforts, you’d be wrong. Volkswagen plant workers who told the United Auto Workers to get packing are about to learn this, as the union has created a local to “represent” the workers despite the employees’ clear […]

  • UAW Flops in Tennessee

    Posted on Feb 25, 2014 by LaborPains.org Team

    Big news in the labor world: The United Auto Workers lost a secret-ballot vote to organize workers at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The UAW and its parent federation, the AFL-CIO, aren’t taking the defeat lying down, as The Wall Street Journal reports: So far, the unions’ reaction to the defeat has been […]

  • Judge Clears Detroit to Go Bust

    Posted on Dec 03, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    In a much-anticipated decision this morning, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes ruled against a group of labor unions and other creditors and allowed the City of Detroit to file for municipal Chapter IX bankruptcy. It gets worse for the city’s municipal unions, as Judge Rhodes put city workers’ pensions on the potential chopping block: In […]

  • UAW’s Southern Strategy May Break the Law

    Posted on Oct 21, 2013 by LaborPains.org Team

    Since things started to go badly for Detroit’s Big Three automakers (in large part because of unsustainable union contract demands), the United Auto Workers (UAW) has sought to unionize foreign-based “transplant” auto plants. These plants are located in the generally pro-business, individualist, and right-to-work South, making unionizing them difficult. The UAW has tried repeatedly to […]

  • Michigan Employees Now Have Right to Work

    Posted on Mar 29, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    Yesterday, Michigan’s right-to-work law, which bans forced dues arrangements that lock non-members into funding a union they aren’t part of, took effect. New contracts will no longer require employees to pay a union they may never have had the chance to even vote on or be fired. As a Detroit News op-ed observed: Workers will […]

  • News Roundup: 2-15-13

    Posted on Feb 15, 2013 by Center for Union Facts

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Right-to-work building interest in Missouri Capitol Packed-house hearings suggest that there will be a long road ahead, but some proponents are feeling the momentum. New Hampshire Union Leader: Right-to-work legislation put down hard The right-to-work bill does not make it out of the House this year. In 2012, state senators refuse to hear the […]