published Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

VW labor leader postpones Chattanooga meeting

Plane trouble out of Germany has postponed a planned meeting between the head of Volkswagen’s global works council with VW workers in Chattanooga and Tennessee’s governor.

Bernd Osterloh was slated to meet today with representatives of different departments at the plant in order to discuss the set up of a potential works council labor board in Chattanooga along with United Auto Workers representation efforts.

Osterloh, who sits on VW’s powerful supervisory board, also was expected to meet with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Haslam, along with U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and other political leaders have been vocal critics of the UAW organizing attempt at the factory.

Earlier this summer, Osterloh had offered to engage in “confidential talks” with Tennessee Republicans about the works council concept, and Haslam said his office was trying to set up a meeting.

VW officials have said the Chattanooga plant is the only major facility for the automaker worldwide without a works council, but some officials have said economic development in Tennessee will suffer if the UAW organizes the factory.

See more in Thursday’s Times Free Press.

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 ...

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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