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Volkswagen Union Opposed By Republican Officials

Volkswagen’s car in Chattanooga, Tenn. is the company’s one in the U.S. It’s also the VW plant around the world a workers union.

When it to union organizing at an auto the tension is typically between the and the management. But not at Volkswagen in Tennessee. the United Auto Workers is to finally unionize the automaker’s foreign-owned plant in the South. And so Republican officials are the ones to stand in the way.

Just Chattanooga, in an idyllic industrial surrounded by green hills and a nature park, Volkswagen a plant a few years ago. It is Volkswagen’s only car plant in the and also the only one of VW’s around the world that been unionized. The company trying that hard to workers from organizing

I just really appreciate the we’re getting from Germany. They have maintained that it would be our says Lauren Feinauer, an worker in the plant that the Passat.

She is just off her shift, a bandanna tying back her In her own Volkswagen, she props up UAW signs in the and rear window while parked at work. She says the is to encourage others in the plant to be with their support.

Feinauer has helped collect union cards from a of the 2,000 employees. Some though, want nothing to do the UAW. They haven’t much publicly, but a few have complaints with the National Relations Board, arguing Volkswagen is coercing them to

Tennessee Gov. Bill has piped up on their behalf. why he feels that’s appropriate, he One of the reasons is, we’ve had several companies say that decision impact whether we choose or somewhere else.

The Republican says a slowdown in relocations to his may be just the beginning. Companies the region’s right-to-work laws. No one has to be of a union, so there aren’t as That means fewer and often lower pay. But the UAW is the South harder than with other campaigns at a plant in Mississippi and a Mercedes in Alabama.

U.S. Sen. Bob a Tennessee Republican who previously was the of Chattanooga, suggests Volkswagen be the laughingstock of the business world if it resist the UAW. He blames the for the troubles at Chrysler and General


I mean, look at Detroit, says. Look at what’s Look at all of the businesses that left there. I mean, been phenomenal. It’s

UAW President Bob King has resisted his voice. They get pressured by the wing of the party. Unfortunately, a fear that these have that overcomes sense, he says. King is not an hell-raising union leader. In he discourages any characterization of this as a fight.

All the campaigns we have on currently are being run very than we’ve run campaigns in the King says.

No more us them. The pitch is all about and mutual benefit for workers and the

King says Tennessee’s top have a standing offer to and discuss the labor movement’s in the 21st century. They taken him up on it.

You know, the truth is, the and the senator, they don’t on the floor at Volkswagen, says Morgan, a single father of two who works on the overnight shift in Morgan points out that Haslam and Corker are multimillionaires who may understand.

It’s not anybody who can walk in and all night. It’s tough, he

And ultimately, Morgan says, those who work in the plant who get to decide whether the UAW is still having around.

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it comes to union organizing at an plant, the tension is typically workers and management, but not at Volkswagen in The United Auto Workers is to unionize its first foreign-owned in the South. From member WPLN, Blake Farmer that opposition to the effort coming from management but state Republican leaders.

FARMER, BYLINE: Just of Chattanooga, in what’s really a idyllic industrial park by green hills, even a park, Volkswagen built plant a few years ago. It is VW’s only car plant in the and it’s Volkswagen’s only around the world that been unionized. And the company trying that hard to workers from organizing

LAUREN FEINAUER: I just appreciate the neutrality we’re from Volkswagen Germany. have always maintained it would be our choice.

FARMER: Lauren Feinauer is off her shift, a pink bandanna back her hair. She’s an worker in the plant, which the Passat. In her own Volkswagen, she props up UAW in the windshield and rear window she’s parked at work.

Sunshade, kind of encourage in the plant to be comfortable with support.

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FARMER: Feinauer has collect signed union from a majority of the 2,000 There are some workers who nothing to do with the UAW. haven’t spoken much but a few have filed complaints the National Labor Relations arguing Volkswagen is coercing to organize.

Tennessee Governor Haslam has piped up on their though he’s been why he feels that’s appropriate.

BILL HASLAM: One of the reasons is had several prospective companies say decision will impact we choose Tennessee or somewhere

FARMER: The Republican governor a slowdown in relocations may be just the Companies like the region’s laws. No one has to be part of a union, so aren’t as many. That fewer strikes, often pay. But the UAW is working the South than ever, with campaigns at a Nissan plant in and a Mercedes facility in Alabama.

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, the mayor of Chattanooga, suggests will be the laughingstock of the business if it doesn’t resist the UAW. He the union for the troubles at Chrysler and GM.

BOB CORKER: I mean, look at Look at what’s happened. at all the businesses that have there. I mean, it’s phenomenal. It’s sad.

BOB They get pressured by the right of the party. Unfortunately, that’s a that these politicians that overcomes common

FARMER: UAW president Bob King has raising his voice. He’s not an hell-raising union leader. In he discourages any characterization of this as a fight.

KING: All the campaigns we have going on currently are run very differently than run campaigns in the past.

FARMER: No us versus them. The pitch is all cooperation and mutual benefit for and the company. King says top Republicans have a standing to meet and discuss the labor role in the 21st century. haven’t taken him up on it.

JADE MORGAN: You know, the is, the governor and the senator, they work on the floor at Volkswagen.

Jade Morgan is a single of two boys who works on the overnight in Chattanooga. Morgan points out both Haslam and Corker are who may never understand.

MORGAN: not anybody who can walk in and work, you all night. And it’s tough.

And ultimately, Morgan says, those who work in the plant who get to decide whether the UAW is still having around. For NPR News, Blake Farmer in Nashville. provided by NPR, Copyright

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