Certainly, nobody wants to be known as a "laughingstock in the business world." But that's just what Volkswagen would be if it entered into an agreement with the United Auto Workers union, allowing its workers in Chattanooga, TN to organize a German-style works council that would represent both white- and blue-collar workers... at least according to US Senator Bob Corker (R-TN). That's Sen. Corker above left, for those wondering.

Not so, counters the UAW, which said through Regional Director Gary Casteel that Corker's views are "spoken from a position of ignorance." Casteel, who is based in Tennessee and who can be seen above right, further suggested that the UAW was more than happy to meet with Corker to discuss his anti-UAW stance. The UAW also notes that Volkswagen employees at every single plant it operates, except the one in Tennessee, belong to a union.

Volkswagen officials have sent a letter to employees in Chattanooga explaining that a vote may take place on whether or not to accept inclusion into the UAW – a letter that Corker claims top brass at the US plant were coerced into signing – and the automaker says the final decision on whether to unionize the plant will be made by the workers. No date for a vote has yet been set.


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      William
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW workers, please..."Just say no."
      GMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      For once I side with a politician.
      jacob
      • 1 Year Ago
      UAW has outlived its usefulness. Sleep now in the fire.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jacob
        I know- things like the weekend, overtime, paid vacations, healthcare, and retirement are so outdated! Who needs them?
          VaITGuy757
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          I get all of those things and I'm not in a union. What's your point?
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      I do hope they say no to the UAW.
      bookemd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Totally correct, Unions are the problem not the answer. If workers on this day in age are treated badly, they can easily walk out and go to the next manufacturer welcoming them. The UAW leads to complacency and bad quality product. They dictate and have way to much influence. FREE MARKET.
      INCREDIBLE BOB
      • 1 Year Ago
      REPUBLICLOWNS disgrace America -- In this case, TN has several other auto plants --- all Japanese -- which OUGHT to be unionized. Or perhaps, the production should go back to Michigan, which was devastated by the Japanese and German plants locating in the repugnican South, to avoid unionization. (and yes, the UAW was stupidly greedy and slow in dealing with the Japanese invasion)
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @INCREDIBLE BOB
        Yes - they should go to Michigan, with a state income tax, higher costs, crumbled infrastructure, and people that complain about evil big business. They SHOULD leave states where they are welcomed with open arms, new infrastructure, and lower cost of operation. Moving to higher cost areas with a hostile workforce, high crime, crumbling infrastructure makes so much sense. Maybe if we pass a special tax in Michigan to soak the rich and corporations further, then corporations will want to move there, because that always works! Why businesses are moving to the South, I have no idea! It makes no sense at all!
        Jay D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @INCREDIBLE BOB
        While you're at it. Why don't you ban me from driving a Lexus won't you? And force me to buy American? Seems like you're one step there. I for one will never own an American-made car again. Ever. Even if it means paying $800 car payment again
      Tony Akinremi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah Republicans always looking out for the WORKING CLASS. .NOT!
        EZEE
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Tony Akinremi
        Meanwhile, in Republican North Dakota, the working class has full employement (3% unemployement), and Wal-mart has to pay $17 an hour to start. Meanwhile, employers are laying off people and cutting hours down to 29 to avoid the costs of Obamacare. UPS also eliminated the insurance for 15,000 spouses and family members due to Obamacare. Yep, working class people are really being helped by the left. Michigan has it far better than North Dakota or Texas. Businesses are just streaming out of those places!
          Worx2749
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EZEE
          I suppose wages are high because no one wants to live there. Supply and demand, no?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EZEE
          [blocked]
      Jake S
      • 1 Year Ago
      Senator Corker wants VW to get out of hillbilly Tennessee ASAP or the Unions are going to bring back blue collar wages, and we just can\'t have that.
        MikeInNC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jake S
        Like those that good ol' wages that drove Detroit into bankruptcy and turned the onece shining city into a smoking hole in the country? Yea, good plan. Corker is right.
          Carlos Cruz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MikeInNC
          We can debate all day long about what drove Detroit bankrupt. In Germany VW, MB, BMW, Opel, Porsche, and others use highly-paid unionized workers to make their cars.... Why is VW making record profits when their workers have a good retirement package, vacation time, paternity/maternity leave, (healthcare isn't here because the gov. does a good job handling that), and a high hourly wage. By your logic Wolfsburg should have gone bankrupt way before Detroit.
          MikeInNC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MikeInNC
          'once'
      Bobby Robinson
      • 1 Year Ago
      For real? How disrespectful of him to try to tell someone else how to conduct their business. Senator Corker really needs to put a cork in it!
      Georg
      • 1 Year Ago
      let me see.... 2012 VW had a turn over of 192.6billion Euro ($256.3billion) a profit after tax (high German tax!!!) of 21.8billion Euro ($29.0billion) they have produced some 9.2 million vehicles and have about 550.000employees all around the world working in 44 production plants. At the Chattanooga VW plant work about 2000 employees ... yes it would drive VW down the river if the employees there would also unionize like the rest of the 550.000employees ... This senator is a clown he better should climb the hill and join the hillbilly┬┤s duck shooting beer drinking events..
        VDubs
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Georg
        Not all 550k employess are unionized...I work for VW and I'm glad I'm not in a union and no, I don't work at the TN plant.
          Georg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @VDubs
          but most of them are
      VaITGuy757
      • 1 Year Ago
      The UAW is one of the main reasons the big 3 had so much trouble and needed a bailout (which I was against for the record). I completely agree with the senator.
        Steve
        • 1 Year Ago
        @VaITGuy757
        Not true. Could you imagine what would have happened if the bailout did not happen? It would have been disasterous for the US economy. Spoken like a true Republican or someone who doesn\'t understand economics. It would have been worse than the depression. Take the time to do the research to see how it would have affected the entire US. It\'s bad enough some countries don\'t allow US made products into their country like Japan and then they dump there products into ours. Wake up!
          Jay D
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Steve
          I can. All sh***y workers and car makers would've gone the way of the dodo
      Talegattor
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bob Corker is the poster child for all that is wrong with American politics. A union hater and corporate lap dog who would have sacrificed GM and Chrysler and sent the US economy god knows where, just to annihilate the UAW. Bob is a believer in the "free market economy" where foreign corporations receive billions of dollars from tax payers to manufacture their products in states where workers are afraid to stand up, and labor laws are practically non existent, all while enjoying unlimited access to one of the largest markets in the world. I can imagine Bob's frustration dealing with a corporation with a conscience and a long and sucessful history of working in harmony with its unions. It would seem that VW's code of conduct is out of place in Tennessee.
        Jay D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Talegattor
        no, we should pay people screwing bolts $100/hr and protect the pathetic lazy bums from being fired
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