Together, Volkswagen Group of America (VWGOA) and the UAW will set a new standard in the U.S. for innovative labor-management relations that benefit the company, the entire workforce, shareholders and the community in general. From Feb. 12-14, Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., will decide the issue of union representation in a secret ballot election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board. If the majority of workers vote for UAW representation, workers would then elect a bargaining committee from among VWGOA workers in Chattanooga to negotiate an agreement with the company, including how a works council would operate in the Chattanooga facility based on the principles of co-determination.
This would be the first works council established in the United States. Ultimately, such a labor relations model would give workers an integral role in co-managing the company and providing input on workplace improvements that would contribute to the success of the company and the workers. You can learn more about why Volkswagen Chattanooga workers want a works council and union representation in the VW and UAW: Putting Collaboration First video, in addition to other resources.
Voice your support!
Voice your outrage for the unprecedented interference in the union election for Volkswagen workers. Write a short letter to the editor of your local newspaper, just 100-200 words.
Tell them you disapprove of Tennessee politicians and special interest groups with secret funding threatening the future of the plant if workers voted to unionize. Let them know how you support the Volkswagen workers’ federally-guaranteed right to form a union without threats and interference.
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