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April 22, 2014

Business in Brief: 04/22/2014

Gas prices up 2 cents over the past week

DEARBORN — AAA Michigan says gasoline prices have risen about 2 cents during the past week to a statewide average of about $3.74 per gallon.

The auto club says Monday the average is flat from this time last year.

Of the cities it surveys, AAA Michigan says the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel is in the Grand Rapids area, where it’s about $3.68 a gallon. The highest average is in the Jackson area at about $3.79 a gallon.

Dearborn-based AAA Michigan surveys 2,800 Michigan gas stations daily.

UAW withdraws appeal of VW union vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing its appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Tennessee.

In a statement released one hour before the scheduled start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chattanooga, Tenn., UAW President Bob King said the union decided to abandon the challenge because it could have taken months or even years to come to a conclusion.

“The UAW is ready to put February’s tainted election in the rearview mirror and instead focus on advocating for new jobs and economic investment in Chattanooga,” King said.

The UAW had filed its appeal after Volkswagen workers rejected the union in a 712-626 vote in February, arguing that public statements from U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and other GOP officials had raised fears about the plant’s future if workers there organized.

Leaked documents later revealed that Tennessee had tied a $300 million incentive offer for expanding the plant to the satisfactory outcome of the labor situation there.

Volkswagen wants to introduce a German-style works council at the plant to represent both salaried and blue-collar workers, but the company’s interpretation of U.S. law has been that it can’t do so without the involvement of an independent union.

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