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Workers to Decide on Union at VW

Move could be breakthrough for efforts to organize transplants.

UAW Bob King has secured a vote at Chattanooga, Tenn. plant to a works council.

In a potentially development that could the long-term viability of the United Workers Union, workers at the plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. vote this month on to let the union represent them.

every major “import” now at least one U.S. assembly – some today producing the majority of the vehicles they in this country at these factories. So far, the UAW has failed to a foothold as makers like Honda, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz actively resisted organizing

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That has led to a sharp decline in the membership and severely weakened its base, leading some to warn that unless the UAW can into some of the transplants its could be in danger.

“Volkswagen is globally for its system of cooperation unions and works councils,” UAW President Bob King. “The UAW to partner with VWGOA and a council to set a new standard in the U.S. for labor-management relations that the company, the entire workforce, and the community. The historic success of the council model is in line the UAW’s successful partnerships the domestic automakers and its vision of the century union.”

That change may begin Volkswagen workers at the Chattanooga will vote in an election by the National Labor Relations on Feb. 12 – 14 to determine if the UAW can move with a new collaborative approach VWGOA based on the principles of that would include the of a works council at its Chattanooga

This would be the first council established in the United UAW said in a statement. The NLRB set the as a result of an agreement reached Volkswagen Group of America and the Autoworkers

It is the first time the UAW has for an election at a non-union plant in United States since the at a Nissan plant in Smyrna, ended in defeat in September The announcement of the vote comes a year-long campaign on both of the Atlantic in which the UAW enlisted the from the German Metal union and the labor representatives on the VW of Supervisors.

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The combined weight of the German union and the Board of Supervisors effectively neutralized the opposition to the within the management ranks of of America. The alliance with the unions allowed the UAW to campaign the VW without the countervailing pressure has been common in other UAW drives in the South.

King a majority of the Chattanooga workers already signed cards for UAW representation.

Chattanooga is the only major assembly facility without representation. With a works the Chattanooga plant would a seat on the VW Global Group Council. Ultimately, such a relations model would workers an integral role in the company and providing input on improvements that would to the success of the company and the workers.

a local works council, would have a voice can use to make Volkswagen stronger; in job security and efficiency,” said Walden, Volkswagen paint “Global representation means workers may have a strong in seeking new products and bringing jobs to Tennessee.”

Co-determination is a key in Volkswagen’s success. Volkswagen has extensive with union representation and is recognized as being in the forefront of the basic human rights of to organize and collectively bargain. Global Charter on Labor and Social Charter go beyond labor standards, establishing governing labor relations and matters, even establishing on issues like the use of temporary

“We have reached an agreement VWGOA that will workers to express their and decide on the question of union in an atmosphere of mutual respect and said UAW Region 8 Director Casteel, who directs the union’s organizing. “The UAW commends the company and the Works Council for recognizing human rights and worker in Tennessee.”

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