500 Volkswagen Aerotek Employees being let go in mid May and late June

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 4/18/2013 7:09 pm
        CHATTANOOGA,TN, (WDEF), A statement released this morning by Volkswagen in Chattanooga said

"Initial increased labor demand of the new plant which started producing a new product with new suppliers and a new work force has been offset by increased efficiency".

This means 500 temporary employees provided by staffing agency Aerotek will not be retained come mid May.

 Lucas Hiler of Aerotek,"Around 500 people that are impacted by this there's also going to be 100 or over 100 people that are allowed to remain to be a part of the variable work force at Volkswagen".

Chattanooga Chamber are saddened by the loss of jobs but are relieved that Aerotek are already looking for alternative employment for the 500.

J. ED. Marston,"Heartened to hear that the employees have a number of weeks of notice where they will continue to receive pay and that they will be supported in finding additional jobs."

Aside from the 500 losing their jobs, 27 will be retained by VW on full time contracts and 120 variable staff from Aerotek will continue to work for VW .

Marston added that VW will is still in a very strong position,
"Even with this downsizing there still at about 2800 jobs so that's a substantial increase in a community of this size especially in the context of the great recession and very uneven and slow recovery that we have experienced since then."

Aerotek say they are also now working with the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association.

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ApolloMorrison - 4/18/2013 11:37 PM
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Love that the increased efficiency is what they say is the cause. Not true. I work at the plant, and the real reason is that they have over-produced 32,000 cars. They cannot sell them, so they are cutting back the work force. At the All-Team meeting, they broke it down to the simple fact that their cars will not sell. Glad to see that the Chattanooga area and the state of Tennessee dumped so much money and so many tax breaks into a loser. Great job VW... Glad to know that they prefer to send jobs to Mexico instead of strengthening the plant in Chattanooga.

jmrtsus - 4/18/2013 9:41 PM
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Nice smokescreen but the real cause is sales are down....their own numbers show that. Just looked on the internet and the Passat is tied for last in reliability in mid size cars. No surprise...Audi/VW has refused to address reliability issues for many years. Check out how many states have enforced lemon laws against them for the 2.0 T engine. Until they address this their dream of number 1 will never come to pass.
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