The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTW) has asked the Labor Secretary to require two German auto unions who have shown support for UAW’s organization campaign at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, to file reports as labor organizations under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA). Under the LMRDA, labor organizations are required to file financial reports. The NRTW argues that the German unions should be required to file reports, reasoning that there is no exception for an organization because they are headquartered outside of the U.S. They are further encouraging an investigation into whether the German unions have attempted to persuade workers at the plant to join the union, arguing that the Labor Department’s failure to act would create LMRDA immunity for foreign-based organizations.
The SEIU will be sending a group of fast food workers on a tour of eight countries to meet fast food workers overseas that earn significantly higher wages and learn how to emulate their organizing efforts here. The SEIU global effort comes two years after fast food workers began staging one-day walkouts nationwide to demand a $15 minimum wage and union rights. The trip is part of SEIU’s continued partnership with IUF, a federation of 396 trade unions in 126 countries, who coordinated protests against fast food employers with SEIU members walkout protests.