February 19, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Nashville, Tenn – The United Auto Workers filed new unfair-labor-practices charges against Volkswagen Feb. 10, alleging that it had made workplace changes at its Chattanooga factory without consulting the union, which has represented skilled maintenance and repair workers there since December.
The UAW accused VW, which has refused to recognize the union, of raising vending-machine prices and out-of-pocket prescription drug costs without bargaining. It also says the company fired a black employee for taking photographs intended to document that black workers were being penalized for dress-code violations white workers were allowed to get away with. “If Volkswagen maintains this position, more and more charges will accumulate and the company will further damage its relations with employees,’’ UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said in an email. “We remain hopeful that Volkswagen will comply with the law and move forward soon, in good faith.” Read more