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Tennessee VW plant becomes for union push to expand

at the four-year-old Volkswagen plant in Tenn. are taking part in a vote this week on to organize under the banner of the Auto Workers union.

So – why the union, and why now?

The orders come straight from headquarters in Germany. Under from the powerful IG Metall Volkswagen wants employees in the to join a so-called works

Works councils are popular in and part of the VW culture. They’re a of partnership between the company and its that allows those on the line to have a say in how the operation is

For example, during the recession and its employees cooperated on strategies to the storm while avoiding layoffs. IG Metall isn’t that only three of plants don’t have a council — the facility in and two in China.

Under U.S. labor workers can’t join a council unless they to a union — which is why invited the UAW to come in and hold a

The move has sparked a battle what opponents of unionization see as an tactic by the UAW to increase membership, and influence.

Leading the political is Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who as of Chattanooga was instrumental in landing VW in the place.

“The UAW has stated they cannot survive as an unless they are able to down from Detroit, said at a Chattanooga press Tuesday. The key to survival was to come to organize the plants in the southeast.”

The is home to nearly a dozen non-union auto plants. In to Volkswagen, there is Mercedes-Benz, and Honda in Alabama; BMW in South Kia in Georgia; Nissan in Tennessee and and Toyota in Kentucky, Mississippi and The UAW has been trying to break the South for a decade with no Many people fear if workers approve the union, it be the first of many dominoes to

“They will use the same and they will press companies to do the same thing as said Mallory Factor, a Fox contributor. “This is a real and this is a true test for freedom, and American competitiveness and the worker.”

Outside groups launched a vigorous campaign to the union. The Center for Worker an offshoot of Grover Norquist’s for Tax Reform, has put up billboards in Chattanooga and is ads on the radio warning people their city could the next Detroit if the UAW gets in.

“I believe the history of this shows that it’ll be a to both the jobs this has created in Chattanooga and the economic of the community as a whole,” the center’s Matt Patterson told Fox

Patterson’s group is also its message to the Internet, featuring from VW workers on why they want to be part of the UAW.

One man to quality: “We’ve made an car. On our own. With the leadership that Volkswagen has We did not need the UAW.”

A woman up the good relationship workers say have with VW management in the non-union environment.

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“Right the perks that we get with are fantastic,” she says. “I don’t see how the or the UAW could make any improvements in area at all.”

The United Auto Workers has its own campaign to convince workers union membership is the way to go.

In an Internet Chattanooga plant worker King says, “Volkswagen be stronger when they together with the UAW because combines not only Volkswagen’s of working with labor, but it adds in the UAW’s experience of in the U.S. market.”

But some believe Germany’s IG Metall is actually pulling the strings, in an to make the U.S. operations competitive – and less likely to jobs away from workers.

“The UAW is fighting for its And it’ll make a deal anyone. It’ll make a with the devil,” Factor Fox News. “This deal is to be bad for America because we’ve now Europe to be really involved our manufacturing and our workers.”

Lawmakers in Tennessee have dire warnings to Volkswagen of might happen if it goes Republican state Sen. Bo says the company might out on much-needed incentives.

Watson a pre-vote press conference, I any additional incentives from the of the state of Tennessee for expansion or will have a very time passing the Tennessee

While U.S. law requires workers must be union to participate in a works council, it not stipulate which union must join. It could be the or it could be a separate union themselves form.

Ultimately, the say is with the workers, and 1,570 of 2,500 employees in Chattanooga are to vote. Three days of ends Friday at 8:30 local time.

John Roberts joined Fox Channel (FNC) in January as a senior national correspondent and is in the Atlanta bureau.

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