Four workers from Volkswagen AG’s US facility in Tennessee filed charges with U.S. labor officials, claiming that German VW officials were trying to make them agree to the United Auto Workers representation.
The four employees, working jointly with the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, seek to legally challenge the officials – which allegedly disclosed them the factory in Chattanooga would lose future model production and miss job increases if the German-style form of representation was not set up at the plant.
The anti-union group said in a statement that by agreeing to the German-style representation, called a works council, would “force workers to accept the representation of UAW union officials.” This happens because of U.S. labor law, which mandates that such forms of representation would need to be organized with the participation of a U.S. trade union.
The four workers, according to the group, say that what the officials said “interferes with Chattanooga facility employees’ rights to choose whether or not to engage in self-organization to form, join, or assist labor organizations.”
The UAW repeatedly claimed it gained majority support of the Chattanooga workers to represent them, while the workers backed by the right- to-work organization seek to bring forward an anti-UAW petition that would get signed by most of the plant’s employees. Volkswagen is for some time now been thinking whether to base the production of a new seven-passenger crossover model at a facility in Mexico or in Chattanooga.