UAW Adds to Unfair Labor Practices Allegations at Volkswagen


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The United Auto Workers alleges that Volkswagen has failed to consult with a newly elected maintenance workers union on a range of issues from vending machine prices to out-of-pocket prescription drug costs despite a union victory at the plant in December.

The union in filings with the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday also alleges that a black employee was fired for taking photographs to support a claim of workplace discrimination and promised that “more charges will accumulate” until Volkswagen agrees to enter into collective bargaining with skilled-trades workers at the German automaker’s lone U.S. plant.

The UAW charges in the NLRB filing that Volkswagen is making workplace changes without consultation with the maintenance workers who voted in December for union representation.

“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.”

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