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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) Volkswagen AG wants the workers at its plant represented by a German-style council, but the final form of and whether that includes the Auto Workers union be decided by the employees in a formal the automaker’s top U.S. executive on Wednesday.

Our strong desire is to a works council present in Jonathan Browning,Volkswagen Group of president and CEO, said in an at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The in a U.S. context is how to bring into being. That’s the point of discussion in terms of how you move forward.

The UAW has pushed VW to a German-style labor council at the in Chattanooga, which would the involvement of the U.S. union American labor law. VW in September it was in talks with the UAW establishing such a labor at the plant, which would be a for the U.S. union.

The UAW, which has lost over the past three because of increasing automation and job by General Motors Co , Ford Co and Chrysler Group LLC, to organize VW workers to gain a in the U.S. South, where automakers have nonunion

A successful push by the UAW at VW ‘s plant would be significant for the and for organized labor in the United where union membership to 11.3 percent of the workforce in the lowest percentage in 76 years.

The UAW has pushed Volkswagen to recognize the as the representative of workers at Chattanooga, on cards endorsing the union by more than half of the 1,570 workers.

In Germany, a council represents both and white-collar workers. It represents on work rules in the plants and other dealings with the but wages and benefits are negotiated by IG The German union has backed the efforts.

But Browning said any on how the workers are represented will be made by those affected.

The thing that we have really consistently is that decision in terms of representation be taken by the employees and through a vote. And so there will be an process by which the employees on how they wish to be represented.

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VW ‘s top labor visited Chattanooga last to meet with officials and politicians. Browning said Osterloh, the head of VW ‘s works council, has reaffirmed his for a works council setup in

Browning said the topic has discussed heavily and employees to have informed views of options.

There has to be some of debate, he said. Obviously, looking for it to be as constructive as possible.

VW board meets this but a decision by the board on whether to the UAW to represent workers at the VW Tennessee in tandem with a German-style council, does not seem soon.

However, Browning still a decision before the end of the year on the German automaker will be a seven-passenger crossover utility The options include Chattanooga and He said the Tennessee plant can add a product without needing to

VW has said the vehicle, based on the concept unveiled in January at the auto show, would be in the U.S. market by 2016 or

Browning said adding a SUV is a top priority.

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Browning later reporters that another growth opportunity for VW is the compact market with the redesigned making its debut next He also said the Polo, is smaller than the Golf, be successful in the United States, but it need to be built in North to make economic sense and vehicle was not a priority in the near

Browning told Reuters commercial vehicles are another area eventually, echoing comments by VW. but were not an immediate

He said VW still expects industry new-car sales to at 15.5 million to 15.6 vehicles this year, would be up from 14.5 last year.

Browning that U.S. industry in November should accelerate the end of the month.

A lot of business typically conducted after the Thanksgiving so we’ll see November run pretty towards the end of the month, he said. And a weekend at the end of the month, so that means it’s a pretty close to the month.

(Editing by Matthew Lewis)

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