September 11, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Washington, DC – Volkswagen of America filed a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Sept.
The company insists that those workers, who voted to be represented by UAW Local 42 last December, should not be allowed to form a bargaining unit separate from the nonunion production workers. “We're disappointed that Volkswagen is continuing to thumb its nose at the federal government," said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel, who called the appeal “a stall tactic to try to delay the inevitable.” The German union IG Metall, the largest union representing workers at its factories, also urged VW to recognize the UAW. Union head Joerg Hofman said in a statement that the company should “no longer act contrary to American labor law” and “seek talks with UAW without delay.”