- Jul 7, 2011
UAW hopeful it can unionize VW's Chattanooga plant
UAW boss Bob King has said that he'd like to renew efforts to unionize, and USA Today reports that Volkswagen's new Chattanooga plant could be a prime candidate. There are many reasons the UAW could have more success with VW. For starters, VW actually had a unionized plant in Pennsylvania before it closed in 1988, and the German automaker has a rich history of working with unions around the world. Further, VW spokesman Guenther Scherelis said in a statement that the choice to unionize belongs with the workers, adding "one of Volkswagen's core values is the basic right of employees to have a voice in the company."
But while VW may be more open to the UAW, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker has been less than flattering in his description of the labor organization. Back in November, Corker called a unionized Chattanooga plant "highly detrimental" to the facility, adding that he can't imagine that a company could voluntarily bring the UAW into the mix.