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UAW Local 42 Update – 09/17

Greetings Fellow Volkswagen Team Members,

During our time in RB1 several of you have mentioned that “we can’t wait for the union to come into the plant.” Well the reality is that the Union is in the plant and, we’ve been here since July of 2014. We are one of the fastest growing Locals in Region 8. We meet with Volkswagen management every 2 weeks to discuss our issues and concerns to try to find solutions. There are many issues to discuss with management but one that affects all of our jobs is quality. Local 42 is asking every worker to please take pride in your work. Our very future depends on us doing our very best to build the best quality vehicle we can.

Working together to improve quality makes all of our futures brighter; the future for our families, and the future for our plant. Let’s show management that despite negative efforts they have made on many issues, we will step up our collective efforts to build a great car. In return, management must start treating us with the respect we all deserve.

Electronic Sign Up – Local 42 has made it very simple to join our Union. Just go to on your mobile device and sign the electronic Authorization card. It’s as easy as sitting on your couch and joining UAW Local 42 as we continue our effort to secure all Volkswagen workers a collective bargaining agreement.

Pizza with Local 42 – Please stop by the Volkswagen Conference Center on Thursday September 14 from 2:30 until 6:30 pm and enjoy a slice of pizza and a cold drink. UAW Organizers and Local 42 Elected officials and members will be on hand for Q and A.

Local 42 Second Annual Sportsman’s Dinner – Sunday, November 5th, from 4:00 pm until 9:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm. This is a great event put on by the membership of Local 42, tickets will go on sale very soon and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there.

In Solidarity,

Steve Cochran
President UAW Local 42

Local 42 Future Events:

• Sunday, September 10, Local 42 Union Meeting at 3922 Volunteer Drive, Chattanooga, TN at 4:00pm.

• Thursday, September 14, Pizza and Drinks in the Conference Center, 2:30 – 6:30pm.

• Sunday, November 5, Local 42 Sportsman’s Dinner. 4:00 – 9:00pm with dinner served at 6:30pm.

• Sunday, November 12, Local 42 Union Meeting at 3922 Volunteer Drive, Chattanooga, TN at 4:00 pm.

Our offices are located in the IBEW Hall at 3922 Volunteer Drive, Chattanooga, Suites 4 & 7. Office phone: (423) 893-0577. Hours: 9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday.

Volkswagen Mexico agrees to a 6.5% salary increase with union

Volkswagen de México and its union reached an agreement in wage negotiations, with a direct increase of 5%, 1% to the savings fund and 0.5% in grocery vouchers, as well as 250 positions for temporary workers.

Thus, the strike called for August 18, at 11:00 am, at the plant located in the municipality of Cuautlancingo is canceled.

The latest negotiations between the company and the Independent Volkswagen Workers’ Union of Mexico (Sitiavw), headed by Rey David García Avendaño, were held at the Secretariat of Labor and Social Security (STPS) in Mexico City .

According to the brief statement issued by the German firm, the commitment is made to strengthen the efficiency and productivity indicators, which generate the conditions for attracting new projects for the benefit of the company and its collaborators.

This agreement isurpasses 4.5% increase obtained in 2016 by the almost 10,000 permanent workers, which was an overall increase of 4.5% and is the highest increase in the last seven years.

In 2010, they achieved 6.09%; In 2011, 6%; During 2012 and 2013, reached 5%; while in 2014 it was 5.27% and in 2015, Sitiavw was given 4.5%.

Mario Bueno, a spokesman for the union, described the agreement as positive, exceeding expectations, since last Wednesday, they lowered their proposal from 12 to 9.5% and the company increased its counterproposal from 2 to 2.5 percent.