Republican politicians and conservative groups wage war against workers
choice to join union
TORONTO, Feb. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor National President Jerry Dias is
lamenting the news that workers at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee
have not been successful in unionizing their workplace.
The unionization drive at Volkswagen made international news over the
last month on account of the intense anti-union pressure coming from
not only conservative groups, but Republican politicians who vocally
pressed workers not to join the union. The vote took place over
February 12-14 at the Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant.
"This vote had little chance of succeeding, with laws that make it
difficult for workers to join unions, and then an endless barrage of
publicity and fear-mongering, aimed at pressuring workers to vote no,"
said Dias. "This is a very sad story - republicans and well-funded
conservative groups have convinced workers to vote against their own
best interest. In Canada, we don't face the same pressures, but still
the legislative climate favours big business over workers' right to
"Volkswagen plants all over Europe are unionized. There is no good
reason for American workers not to have the right to a union and all
the benefits unions bring."
Dias said that Unifor is in the midst of its first major new member
organizing effort, at Toyota in Cambridge and Woodstock. "Similar to
Volkswagen, Toyota workplaces around the world are unionized. The only
exceptions are the few manufacturing facilities in North America."
The UAW had succeeded in reaching a neutrality agreement with Volkwagen,
meaning that the company would not interfere in the process. This did
not preclude interference by the state or other agencies.
The UAW is a sister union to Unifor, which was formed this past Labour
Day weekend, by the joining together of the Canadian Auto Workers and
the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions.
For further information:
For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Shannon Devine 416-302-1699 Or Unifor Organizing Director John Aman 416-275-6381.
For more information on Unifor's unionizing efforts at Toyota, please visit: www.unifortoyota.ca