Union yes! (maybe) Plot twists abound in a Tennessee union struggle … — Volkswagen Passat (North America)

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Union, yes! (maybe): twists abound in a Tennessee struggle

The workers at the plant are on whether or not to join a union. The is controversial, setting the company and politicians at odds with other in a bitter struggle out in the press and even on billboards town. If you think you’ve this story before, on a moment.

The plant itself is a facility. It is the first LEED certified auto plant in the with 33k solar panels and an waste water recovery It employs 3200 people and was with a cool $1 Billion by VW matched with $577M in tax incentives. The plant opened in with production of 85% of a VW Passat in North America all coming this one facility, an unusually amount of production. It’s a remarkable plant in many and Tennessee lobbied hard to win investment over Michigan and

Right: VW Chattanooga – a very efficient auto plant.

was only one problem with the as far as VW was concerned. All of the other VW facilities the world operate with called a “Works Council”, or an run system of providing input to of the daily operation of the plant. is a typical German system has proven to be very effective for VW. part of their process of workers to ensure a quality and a happy, dedicated workforce.

In order to put such a system in here in the US, VW found that it made sense to unionize the – as they are in Germany. Last the UAW agreed to run the Works Council, a for them, and treat the VW contract as different from the way they with other US automakers. All stood in the way was the organizing vote the workers, taking place February.

If that sounds a great compromise between and management, you’re far from But not everyone would agree you.

Tennessee Governor Haslam and Senator Bill are both livid, to say the least. see their state’s competitive as being fundamentally non-, and they are responding as if the UAW is something a virus coming in to infect state. Nevermind that the mills of Alabama have union for a century – the line is Dixie must remain -free to continue the rapid they have seen the last few decades.

That’s why Gov Haslam and legislative have warned that if the UAW the plant VW can forget about tax breaks if they want to Anti-union groups put up billboards around town workers that the UAW created the we now call Detroit, featuring a picture of the old Packard plant in the City. Grover Norquist, others, is a leader in the fight and in a lot of national money to influence the to reject the UAW.

In desperation, Sen Corker announced on the day of voting that if the workers the UAW, VW will expand the to build a new SUV. This everyone puzzled, largely it goes against everything VW has and done so far. The company has desperately to keep out of the fracas, their goal of simply a Works Council like have everywhere else. The quickly denied Sen Corker’s but is clearly trying to say as little as to avoid being dragged domestic politics.

What will finally The final decision will with the good workers of the as it should. They get to decide how chapter of the story ends. observers think they approve the UAW and VW will get its Works

But, of course, it won’t there. A global company is clearly trying to run with efficiency, worker relations, and for the environment has run headlong into politics and an ideological war that had no idea would be so divisive. should be a simple process has twisted and surreal.

The version of the you were probably expecting, workers organize and overcome opposition from management? So old That story, like else, has succumbed to a political and war that no one involved could ever anticipated.

At top: One of the billboards around

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