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How UAW and Volkswagen’s vote could give unions ‘leverage’

The United Auto Workers (UAW) is seeking to expand its unionization efforts beyond the Detroit Big 3 automakers (STLA, GM, F). Workers at the Volkswagen plant (VOW.DE) in Tennessee are voting on unionization, a crucial moment for labor organizing. Arthur Wheaton, director of labor relations at Cornell University, provides insight into the significance of this development.

Wheaton notes that Volkswagen’s vote is crucial because if the UAW can increase the number of unionized auto workers in the United States, “it gives them more leverage at the bargaining table.”

When asked about the possible impact of the Volkswagen vote on the spread of union organizing to other automakers, Wheaton acknowledges that “the reality is that it’s going to take a lot more work” – warning against the expectation that “all other factories will immediately majority of people say yes, we want the Union.”

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This post was written by Angel Smith