Chattanooga Area Chamber Hosts Talk On UAW and VW

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 3/26 6:32 pm
HIXSON, TN, (WDEF)- The Chattanooga Area Chamber invited employment lawyer Dan Gilmore to explain the challenges that VW and it's workers face to a packed house Wednesday.

For many the talk was about learning what unions and labor councils really do.

Joe Wheless, Account Executive,"To familiarize American's with the work's council system, I think if they truly understand what it is and how it's supposed to work that may change their anti Union"

Gilmore says current laws will have to be changed or new ones created to deal with the Volkswagen representation conundrum.

"The only way they can have a work's council is to be able to have the law changed to allow that without a union, it doesn't have to be UAW it  has to be at this point a labor union".

Some local business owners say they are not against Union representation but want the unions to be from Chattanooga and for the money to stay in this area.

Marv Martin, Commercial Realtor,"A local union I think that would pass, it would make Volkswagen happy too because obviously they are going to have a works council and that's their right"

Some Chattanoogan's say politics shouldn't come into play and that more unions could help Tennessee.

Heather Dedmon, Union supporter,"I definitely feel strongly about having unions and my life would not have been the same if we didn't have union pay and health benefits"

Gilmore told News 12 that one of the main issues is  that instead of current employees job's being threatened, the bigger concern is future growth at the plant.

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