Costs of Unionizing Volkswagen

Reported by: Caitlyn Jones

Edited by: Caitlyn Jones
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Updated: 7/19/2013 9:17 am
        Will Volkswagen jump on the bandwagon of unionizing?
        It's a question Mark West with Citizens for Free Markets hope employees say 'no' to.
        "The employees are getting a lot of information these days and probably primarily from the other side.  from the UAW.  And that's a one sided story," said West.
        The united auto workers wants to represent the Chattanooga plant as a union, but speakers want to convince employees they're not needed.
        "The plant has been very productive and very successful for five years now.  It's been great for the city of Chattanooga.  There's great relationships between the management and workers so the question they might be asking is why do we need the UAW coming here from Detroit and organizing for us.  We seem to be doing okay," said Matt Patterson of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. 
        Patterson points to Detroit as an example of the after effects of unions.  The city went bankrupt the same day as the meeting.
        "What it basically does is it restricts the business's ability to allocate it's resources to meet demands of the market.  WE see that with GM which filed for bankruptcy as you know and now Detroit has filed for bankruptcy," said Patterson.
        Many fear that if they don't join the union, Chattanooga's plant won't get the deal on making VW's new SUV model.
        "I think that's another fear or scare tactic that certain parties are raising to try to intimidate the employees into signing a card and joining the union," said West.

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Scott - 7/19/2013 9:32 PM
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Most of the people that are against unions, are already wealthy. Shareholders represent themselves and most republican politicians. Unless you are a regular employee, you would not know how overworked and underpaid the VW staff is. Now, I am speaking about first hand experience. To explain further, Supplier Park is the most labor intensive place to work, ever. Civil Rights are being violated everyday. The employees have no rights or representation at all. Chattanoogan's are hard workers and want to do a good job. But there is no job security in Supplier Park at all, unless you are related to someone in management. The turnover rate is more than 80%. If management think that you have a chance to climb the corporate latter, you are immediately terminated. Also, racial profiling is a normal occurrence. Minorities have to be so much better than their Caucasian counterpart and still will not qualify for the position. Now I have witnessed first hand, racial destruction on the job. Yes, the good ole boy network is alive and growing@VW. I also wonder if the local media is choosing sides? I hope that one day the other side of the story gets told. Someone in media, please give me a chance to state true facts about unions at VW and supplier park. Thanks

David - 7/19/2013 7:03 AM
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Unions were formed by groups of people who were misled and mistreated by their employers. Unsafe working conditions and forced overtime without additional pay among other things, drove the workers to unite and demand certain things from their employers. Flash forward to the twenty first century where we now have the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration, workman’s compensation insurance, time and a half pay if you work over forty hours and countless other government regulations like Affirmative Action and unemployment benefits and you will quickly realize that the conditions from which the unions were born no longer exist. In fact, the unions have been hijacked by self serving politicians who manipulate the union members and intimidate the employers by extorting additional pay and benefits from them. The Detroit based auto industry is a prime example. The unions not only bankrupt the auto industry but the city of Detroit itself. Is that what we want here in Chattanooga?
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