More Union Controversy at Tennessee VW Plant

Oct 17, 2013

The Passat is one of the car models currently being built at the VW plant in Chattanooga.
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Four workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga have filed complaints saying the company is coercing employees into approving the United Auto Workers as their bargaining agent.

The complaints were filed with the National Labor Relations Board.

Volkswagen's top labor official, Bernd Osterloh, says that Chattanooga would need to organize in order to compete for a new SUV that VW hopes to build in the U.S., requiring 800 new workers.

Matt Patterson leads the anti-union Center for Worker Freedom at Americans for Tax Reform. Patterson told WPLN Radio that the comment sounds like a threat.

UAW Regional Director Gary Casteel tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press that cards signed by plant workers earlier this year clearly show their support for the UAW's efforts to represent them.