May 3, 2019 -
This week Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee led an anti-union meeting at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant, where last month workers petitioned for an election to join the United Auto Workers. The public and journalists were shut out of the event, which showed how government officials and corporations in the South work together to bust unions.
December 18, 2015 -
The past year saw big steps taken toward building a better, stronger and more just South, from wage gains for workers to aid for refugees to grassroots organizing for a more environmentally sustainable future.
December 10, 2015 -
The UAW wins in Tennessee. A West Virginia coal boss is found guilty. A populist Democrat wins the governor's race in Louisiana. And firefighters organize in Mississippi.
December 9, 2015 -
A "micro-unit" of skilled-trades workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has voted to join the United Auto Workers. While celebrating the victory, some in the plant have begun to question the UAW's management-friendly approach.
December 3, 2015 -
In its coverage of the organizing drive leading up to this week's union election at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant, the corporate press has treated union busters as objective authorities.
October 6, 2015 -
A Clean Air Act loophole exempts the auto industry from criminal penalties, so federal law enforcement officials are considering bringing charges against emissions-cheating Volkswagen under other laws. Criminal charges in environmental cases have ample precedent, as BP, Transocean, Halliburton, Wal-Mart and Duke Energy can attest.
September 23, 2015 -
Tennessee taxpayers have financed hundreds of millions of dollars in economic incentives for VW to locate and expand a plant in Chattanooga that manufactures one of the vehicles involved in the emissions cheating scandal. What happens to that money now?