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What happened in Chattanooga?

Harley Shaiken, director, Center for Latin American Studies | February 20, 2014

Snow blanketed the Tennessee hills surrounding Chattanooga last week as workers at the sprawling Volkswagen plant began voting on whether the United Automobile Workers union (UAW) should represent them. The stakes were high.  A union victory would pave the way for a German-style Works Council elected by all employees for the first time in the United … Continue reading »

Right to what?

Harley Shaiken, director, Center for Latin American Studies | December 13, 2012

This just in:  American workers have the right to work!  That’s correct, existing law mandates that no worker in the United States can be compelled to join a union, although finding a job — union or non-union — remains a bit of a challenge. What then is the uproar over the recent passage of so-called … Continue reading »