published Monday, January 13th, 2014

New VW of America CEO: accept Chattanooga workers’ decision on UAW

DETROIT - Volkswagen of America’s new chief executive, in his first comments on union organizing efforts at the company’s Chattanooga plant, said today that he will accept whatever workers at the factory decide on the issue.

“Democracy is an important part of American culture,” said Michael Horn on the sidelines of the North American International Auto Show.

Horn, who is German, said it’s up to the plant’s workers to decide what they want to do concerning United Auto Workers representation.

“That’s a fundamental view I have personally,” he said.

Horn, who started the job earlier this week, replaces Jonathan Browning, who left the company late last year amid a slow down in U.S. sales.

Browning had called for “a formal vote” by the workers at the Chattanooga factory, where VW is looking at setting up a German-style works council. The carmaker said that under U.S. labor law, workers need union representation in order for the works council to be established.

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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