Volkswagen Union Leader in Germany May Block Chattanooga Plant Expansion

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Updated: 2/19/2014 11:05 am
Volkswagen's top workers' representative says he won't give up the fight for unionization at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Bernd Osterloh, who is also a member of VW's supervisory board, told the German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung the failure to achieve a works council in Chattanooga might prevent Volkswagen from building future plants in the U.S. South.

Employees voted 712-626 last week against joining the United Auto Workers union after state Republicans warned that it could hurt the local economy.

Senator Bob Corker came out prior to the vote saying he had it on pretty good authority that Volkswagen would build its new mid-size SUV, the CrossBlue, in Chattanooga if employees rejected the UAW.

Osterloh says U.S. labor law experts will check whether undue pressure was put on employees to reject the UAW.

He adds "all options will be examined" to introduce a "works council" at the only major VW plant worldwide without formal worker representation.
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VoiceofReason - 2/19/2014 4:54 PM
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Where is the story, why was the real story not posted.Bernd Osterloh, who is the Volkswagen AG General and Group Works Council chairman, said that future investments in the South might be hurt if workers will not unionize. Osterloh said that, if co-determination isn't guaranteed, it would be more difficult to vote in favor of building another auto plant in the South. "I can imagine fairly well that another VW factory in the United States, provided that one more should still be set up there, does not necessarily have to be assigned to the South again," "The conservatives stirred up massive, anti-union sentiments," Osterloh said, according to Reuters. "It's possible that the conclusion will be drawn that this interference amounted to unfair labor praxis." Why try and hide the truth on what is going on here? VW does not like BIG GOVERNMENT trying to run their business and they will not do business with the Southern states. Corker and the GOP blew it, quit trying to hide the truth!
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