published Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Volkswagen labor leader to visit Chattanooga to discuss UAW

Should Volkswagen Chattanooga have a works council?

The head of Volkswagen’s global works council is slated to visit Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant to meet with workers and talk about the United Auto Workers organizing efforts.

Bernd Osterloh, who also sits on Volkswagen’s supervisory board, is slated to take part in discussions about the potential set-up of a works council labor board at the factory, according to the automaker.

Reuters first reported the visit.

Earlier, Osterloh had told German media that he wanted to talk to some Tennessee Republicans about their opposition to UAW representation at the plant. It isn’t known if he will meet with any of them while in Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Haslam said this summer that his office was making efforts to meet with VW labor leaders, though nothing was scheduled at that time.

The UAW has said that it has a majority of the signatures of the Chattanooga plant’s workers on cards asking the union to represent them. The union is in talks with top VW officials about the establishment of a works council.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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