May 9, 2016
By Neal Tepel
Chattanooga, Tennessee – Workers in the skilled trades division of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga Tennessee voted overwhelmingly to join the UAW. Volkswagen executives promised to respect the workers’ vote, but now the company is going back on its word.
This company is now creating an anti-union atmosphere at this Tennessee plant. Volkswagen is refusing to negotiate with workers and choosing instead to use the legal system to evade that responsibility.The company’s refusal to negotiate with skilled trades workers is not only a reversal of its pre-election statements, but violates its own Declaration on Social Rights and Industrial Relationships.
This isn’t the first instance of dirty tactics used against working people at the Chattanooga plant. In 2014, workers were voting to elect the UAW as their collective bargaining representative when Tennessee politicians and big money interests ran an intense campaign of threats and intimidation.
While Volkswagan takes a hard line against union organizing in our country, this giant car company supports unions in Europe. Americans need take note of this discriminatory policy and take aggressive action against Volkswagen.