Sunday, February 9 2014, 05:26 PM EST
UAW: Volkswagen Workers Call for an end to Outside Interference
The United Auto Workers based in Detroit released a statement Sunday
calling for an end to outside interference in Volkswagen Chattanooga's
vote on unionization.
The Volkswagen workers will vote in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Feb. 12–14, 2014.
spokesperson for the UAW claims following the election announcement,
special interest groups like the National Right to Work Committee, and
Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform launched an intense campaign
in Chattanooga, aimed at swaying the outcome of the vote.
has remained completely neutral and workers, whether for or against the
union, are allowed equal access to speak freely, distribute literature
and campaign for their beliefs,” said Volkswagen worker Michael
Cantrell. “But the billboards, advertising and press activities by those
not even from our community leave a bad taste in my mouth. We also
placed our trust in elected officials but they’ve chosen to put their
own political interests first and they are interfering in our election
too. It’s just not right.”
“Other politicians should follow the
lead of Senator Corker and respect these workers’ right to make up their
own minds,” said UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel.
statement also claims Volkswagen workers are hoping for a new
collaborative approach with Volkswagen Group of America (VWGOA) based on
the principles of co-determination that would include the formation of a
works council at its Chattanooga facility. This would be the first
works council established in the United States.
the only major Volkswagen assembly facility without labor
representation. According to the UAW is the Chattanooga plant has a
works council, the plant would have a seat at the VW Global Group Works
Council. Ultimately, the UAW says, such a labor relations model would
give workers an integral role in co-managing the company and providing
input on workplace improvements that would contribute to the success of
the company and the workers.