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CHATTANOOGA (MCT) – In some call the most American labor election in Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant are slated to start casting today in a vote that dramatically shift the union field in the region.

I know the world is watching, said Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee who helped woo VW and on Tuesday urged employees to vote against with the United Auto Why would they want outside force?

Gary the Chattanooga Area Labor president, likened the election to the rights struggles in the South a ago.

It’s a huge coming at a historic time, he This will be looked in time as either one of the greatest or one of the biggest victories for working

Voting for the nearly 1,500 in the three-day election at the plant was to start at 6 a.m. today, to an agreement filed with the Labor Relations Board, is supervising the process.

However, snow forecast for could play a factor. A last month in the region VW to cancel its first shift of citing supply chain

If the election is postponed or canceled, the regional director, at his or her discretion, may the date, time and place of the the agreement said.

Voting is to end at 8:30 p.m. and a ballot is to start immediately with a made available to the parties. it’s uncertain if the results be made public at that depending on whether any challenges are related to the election.

The UAW has said it work with VW to set up a works labor board designed to a new standard for labor-management relations in the VW has indicated it wants to work the union to craft the first council at a U.S. auto

For the UAW, a for vote would the union to gain a foray a foreign-owned auto factory in the for the first time. The UAW sees the South as a key to its survival, given membership has plunged from 1.5 in 1979 to about 390,000 members.

Corker last indicated he planned not to comment on the until it was over, but said the UAW was his name and words to stifle voices.

In a news conference, he the UAW a Detroit-based organization and the largest of General Motors whose key to is to organize plants in the South.

UAW organizers look at VW employees, see dues – money into coffers, Corker said.

He the UAW discussion already is having a impact on wooing new business to If the UAW organizes the VW plant, it will the standard of living of people in the Corker said.

We’re concerned about the he said. Look at Detroit.

Casteel, a UAW regional director in Lebanon, said in a statement sad that when workers their legal right to a union some Tennessee are threatening the economic well-being of and businesses just because want to have a voice in the of Volkswagen in Chattanooga.

Casteel that if VW workers and management can together on the issue, why are some politicians so eager to derail process with the help of interests from outside and deny workers the right to in decisions that affect future?

Corker said not against a works council at the and he noted that factory could form their own if they wished.

VW would be open to employees their own union, Corker

VW worker and UAW supporter John said he’s glad to see the come about and if approved, go into collective bargaining and a voice in the expansion [of the plant] in

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Wright said VW has totally neutral. The only drama is the plant. I think it’s of outrageous that we have all of outside groups coming in Washington, D.C. and other trying to influence both our and our local employees into no to any type of unionization.

Chattanooga Andy Berke said that he will never put above jobs.

Whichever of the union debate you are on, the jobs here by the second line be good for everyone, whether Democratic, or independent, he said. has brought living wage here, employing Chattanoogans and our middle class. There’s more American than

Justin King, who works on finish line team and the union, said one of his issues is anti-UAW billboards and outside He said they have on innuendo and propaganda, and put up the suggestive that they then back up with actual

However, Mike Jarvis, a shop team leader who not support the union, said the is the UAW.

We don’t need any influences, he said.

Corker UAW chief Bob King outmaneuvered the side of the VW supervisory board to get to the the union is today in Chattanooga.

wined and dined the board, he adding that the panel is evenly split between and labor representation.

Corker local VW management has been by the company’s corporate leaders. If management could present its he said, the anti-UAW voters win by a large margin.

The senator also said he VW wants to bring a potential new utility vehicle to Chattanooga than Mexico.

I know for a Chattanooga is their first he said.

VW has said Chattanooga is the to make a new SUV, but it’s with Mexico.

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