published Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Right to Work group weighs into UAW effort at VW in Chattanooga

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    Workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga.
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Should Volkswagen Chattanooga have a works council?

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has posted a notice aimed at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga employees, saying they don’t need United Auto Workers representation to talk with management about issues at the factory and offering them a petition against unionization.

“If you oppose union representation, signing and circulating such a petition against unionization is perhaps the most important thing that you can do to exercise your legal right to refrain from union representation,” said a “special notice” posted on the website of the Springfield, Va., group.

The notice said that no U.S. law prohibits employees from talking with their supervisors and managers.

“Can we American workers talk with our bosses? Yes. Can we participate in a brainstorming group discussion? Yes. Can our employer set up a group and delegate full responsibility to the group to decide a workplace issue? Yes,” the notice said.

It also said that employees have a legal right to refrain from signing a union authorization card. Also, the notice said a worker can revoke a union authorization card that the employee has signed.

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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