Leaders of the United Auto Workers say they plan to launch a local union for workers at Volkswagen's factory in Chattanooga, where it lost an organizing vote earlier this year. VW officials say there has been no formal agreement between the company and the union, which both have said they want to work more closely via a works council in Chattanooga.
From the Wall Street Journal's story on the UAW's plans:
The strategy raises questions about the long-term potential of a local union office that initially serves as a works council without bargaining rights. In theory, if that office grew large enough, management could recognize it as a bargaining unit for the purpose of contract negotiations, and any deal reached would apply to other workers, whether or not they were in the union.
Union officials have scheduled a news conference for 3 p.m. today.
Nissan sold more than 125,000 cars in May, up almost 18 percent from the May 2013 number and among the industry's leaders for the month. The increase was led by the best-ever Mays for a number of models, including the locally built Altima and Rogue, and a record month in sales of Nissan's Leaf electric car. Sales of the group's Infiniti brand jumped more than 30 percent.
“Nissan started the month with strong momentum and rode an outstanding Memorial Day weekend to capture our best May sales performance in the history of Nissan in the U.S.,” said Fred Diaz, senior vice president of Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations. “It’s clear that our products are resonating with the public and car sales are heating up as we head into summer.”
Nissan is moving all worldwide production of its Murano crossover to Canton, Mississippi, and has asked contractor Kelly Services to recruit 500 workers. Ramped-up production is scheduled to begin this fall and will take the company's employment at Canton above 6,000 for the first time. Suppliers based in a new park nearby are expected to hire another 400 people.
A Knoxville-based maker of inflator systems for air bags will this summer open a factory in Hartsville, east of Gallatin, that will employ 66 people. ARC Automotive executives say they will invest $3 million in the plant, which will be built in the PowerCom Industrial Center on land previously owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Marangoni Tread North America has added to its dealer network of retreaders Wilson County Tire & Retreading facility in Lebanon, which has been opened by Northern Kentucky-based entrepreneur Bob Majewski. The new facility is marketing fleets new tires and retreading as well as a mounted wheel program, drive up service and pick up & delivery. Majewski is owner of Sumerel Tire Service in Newport, Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati.
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