Tennessee VW Workers Reject UAW, VW Union Chief Won’t Give Up Fight

BERLIN—Volkswagen’s top workers’ representative says he won’t give up the fight for unionization at the German automaker’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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

Bernd Osterloh, who is also a member of VW’s supervisory board, told the German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung in an interview published Wednesday that U.S. labor law experts will check whether undue pressure was put on employees to reject the UAW.

Osterloh says “all options will be examined” to introduce a “works council” at the only major VW plant worldwide without formal worker representation.

He told the paper that the failure to achieve this might prevent Volkswagen from building future plants in the U.S. South.

  • Gin1234

    Amazing that the Senator butted his nose into this whole affair, telling the workforce virtually the opposite from what the employer was saying, basically making up lies about what would happen if the union came into the plant. At the same time, the employer, VW, was actually encouraging the union, and now says that “the failure to achieve this (have union representation) might prevent Volkswagen from building future plants in the U.S. South.” The republicans are anti-worker. Can’t people get that through their heads. They don’t want you to succeed and have competitive wages and decent benefits, people.

  • Canukistani

    Since even the management of VW was in support of the union and only the Republicans were so outspoken in opposing it, it’s clear that once again Republicans are demonstrating that they are slaves to their ideology. If the truth gets in the way it they think it should be shoved aside and replaced with whatever party fiction they can come up with. Next I suppose they’ll blame it on ‘Obamacare’.

    As a result of their claim that they’re worried about chasing away auto manufacturers, they appear to be chasing one of them away themselves. That’s the truth. When it comes down to it, whatever they say about it is just a lot of hot air. I wonder which the good people of Tennessee and elsewhere in the US that might lose a VW plant because of this would prefer, the plant or the hot air.

  • AskandTell

    Wonder why a former President of manufacturing for VW is leading a group against the UAW. He’s going against his company’s philosophy.