On Wednesday, four workers from the Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee filed charges with U.S. labor officials alleging that German VW officials are coercing them to agree to United Auto Workers representation.
The four workers, assisted by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, charged that the officials said the plant in Chattanooga would not get additional vehicle production and future jobs unless a German-style form of representation was installed at the plant.
The anti-union group said in a statement that adopting the German-style representation, called a works council, would “force workers to accept the representation of UAW union officials.” U.S. labor law requires that any such council be recognized through a U.S. trade union, or else be considered a company union, which is illegal.
The UAW says it has majority support of the Chattanooga workers to represent them, while workers supported by the right- to-work organization seek an anti-UAW petition signed by a majority of workers at the plant.
The four workers, according to the group, say that pairing additional production and jobs at the plant to accepting the UAW “interferes with Chattanooga facility employees’ rights to choose whether or not to engage in self-organization to form, join, or assist labor organizations.”
Volkswagen is considering whether to place production of a seven-passenger crossover vehicle either at a plant it owns in Mexico or in Chattanooga.
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