It appears that the UAW is establishing a members-only union for workers at the VW Chattanooga plant. According to the UAW, “there won’t be exclusive representation” and any agreement reached between the union and the employer would apply only to union members. And, according to the union:
This is a good thing for us because it’s members-only bargaining, and our members might get something in the contract that the rest of the employees won’t get.
This is a major development in its own right and one that we will track. It is also interesting because the kind of non-exclusive, members-only unionism that the UAW is pursuing in Chattanooga is similar to the type of reform Catherine Fisk and I advocate in today’s LA Times.