VW lets its workers at Chattanooga plant, Tennessee, decide whether they want union representation, having as main option the UAW.
Jonathan Browning, head of Volkswagen of America, present at the New York Auto Show, said that the automaker’s workers have a strong voice when it comes to taking such an important decision.
“We certainly are interested in hearing from the employees as to whether they believe formal representation is something that they desire. If employees vote in favor of formal representation, then it’s important to understand that there are a number of alternatives that may or may not include the UAW,” said Browning.
Until now, the South American auto plants have been hostile to the idea of unions. Last year in March the UAW tried to become the union representative for the workers at the Chattanooga plant, but the efforts never gained traction. At the beginning of this month IG Metall, the German union that represents VW workers, sent a letter to Chattanooga plant employees urging them to join the UAW.
VW is currently in exploratory talks with the UAW and if the plant’s employees decide to join the labor union, this would be the first time when a foreign-owned major auto plant does so.