The "will they, won't they" back-and-forth in the United Auto Worker's courtship of Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant is still in full swing, as the union, German and American executives and most importantly, employees, try to figure out just what the future of labor relations will be at a plant that sits in a right-to-work state.

The drama of the proceedings has left the plant's employees fractured, with the union claiming that over half the workers favor unionization, while a 600-worker-strong petition is being circulated in opposition to the United Auto Workers. There are presently 1,567 hourly workers at the Chattanooga facility which currently builds the Passat sedan, and the plant is being considered for a future three-row crossover.

American executives, meanwhile, are in favor of arranging an employee board, similar to what is used in German VW facilities. The Volkswagen board, though, recognizes the political predicament the factory is in, where a wrong move could hurt relations with politicians and investors, according to Automotive News. We've already seen the response toward Chattanooga unionization from Senator Bob Corker, after all. The German execs are pushing towards a secret ballot by the workers, as a means of protecting the VW brand.

The UAW, for its part, is pushing for voluntary recognition of the union by Volkswagen, although based on past alleged practices, it's not clear if the UAW legally has the employee support it claims it has. As always, we'll continue following this one.


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        Monthra 77
        • 1 Year Ago
        It doesn't matter what the workers want. You are there to do a job. If you don't like that job. Unhappy with the pay, the conditions, what have you, quit and find some other line of work. Someone else will be more than happy to do it.
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      Groagun
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's not unions they have any problems with, just take a quick look at how they operate in the home country. What they are having a problem with is dealing with the UAW in particular. It's got a bad reputation and it's earned it.
        whofan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Groagun
        100% correct. Unions aren`t bad. The UAW is. I`m in the Steel workers union. It`s gives the workers a voice. In a municipality we can`t strike. Working for a none private employer you need a union. Working for a private owned employer all you need to do is be a good worker.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      You have to be stupider than dirt to oppose a union, if you are an assembly line worker. Having said that, the UAW is not the only union around. Harley Davidson workers are unionized under a different union. It is entirely possible to unionize under a different union.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Say no to the UAW.
      montegod7ss
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do you climb high voltage utility poles, arrest felons, or run into burning buildings? If so, you might need a union. If all you do is screw a bolt into a dash eight hours a day, then no you don't.
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      VW was stupid even to let the union in the gate and create the appearance to support. Now they are screwed what ever happens.
      Scr
      • 1 Year Ago
      I guess they didn't learn the first time from their ill-fated and UAW unionized Pennsylvania plant. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Westmoreland_Assembly_Plant
      MDD
      • 1 Year Ago
      The UAW will cause the Plant to close and put people out of work, Vote NO to the UAW!
      in2dwww
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a 2013 Passat SEL TDI once. Biggest POS I ever owned. Got rid of it after 3 months. Know I know why it had so many problems. Thanks union!
        miles
        • 1 Year Ago
        @in2dwww
        It had so many problems because it was built by non-union employees? So you say "thanks union"? Good grief, how clueless can you get. XD
          MAX
          • 1 Year Ago
          @miles
          Typical of the anti-union Faux News watching crowd. Clueless and proud of it.
        Jerry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @in2dwww
        The problem was that you bought a VW more than anything...
        in2dwww
        • 1 Year Ago
        @in2dwww
        "Now I know why"
      vizcarmb
      • 1 Year Ago
      dont do it!!! It's a TRAP!!!
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      DON'T DO IT!
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