published Friday, October 11th, 2013

Anti-UAW petitioners pass 600, VW worker says

Workers assemble Passat sedans at the VW plant in CHattanooga.
Workers assemble Passat sedans at the VW plant in CHattanooga.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
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A group of Volkswagen workers trying to keep the United Auto Workers from organizing the Chattanooga plant have raised their anti-union petition count to more than 600 signatures.

Mike Burton, a leader in the group, said today they plan to turn in the added names to VW plant managers on Monday.

“We’re tickled with the enthusiasm, but I wish we had more,” said Burton, whose group plans to keep trying to add names to the petitions.

The 602 signature figure is up from 563 about a week ago, according to Burton.

He said if the group gathers about 20 added names a day, it can get close to half of the hourly production and skilled maintenance workers at the plant.

The UAW reported last month that it has a majority of the hourly workforce at the factory on cards authorizing the union to represent them.

The union currently is in talks with VW about the potential set up of a works council labor board at the plant.

Gary Casteel, a UAW regional director based in Lebanon, Tenn., said he doesn’t think the petitions will have any bearing on the discussions with VW.

See full story in Saturday’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 ...

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