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UAW Local 42 Union Formed at Volkswagen Chattanooga Plant

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/11/2014 Karla Sanchez

Earlier this year, Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tenn. Plant rejected United Auto Workers representation, but it appears as though there's been a change of heart. The UAW has announced Local 42 is the new local union providing representation for workers at the plant.

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The union was organized by VW employees, and is open to anyone who wants to join. Should an employee choose not to be a part of it, they won't be required to. According to the UAW, the union will be run for, and by the employees of Volkswagen. Local 42 will be expected to help organize job training opportunities so that employees can keep up with new technologies in the manufacturing process. They'll also continue pushing for increased investment for the plant to add a new product line. In addition, members will also get involved in the community by supporting charitable causes and youth programs. volkswagen-passat-chattanooga-assembly-line© Provided by MotorTrend volkswagen-passat-chattanooga-assembly-line

Earlier this year, it didn't look like Local 42 was going to happen, since the UAW was defeated in the initial vote. Employees at the VW plant voted 712 to 626 against UAW representation, but the union didn't go down quietly, filing an appeal with the National Labor Relations Board, citing "interference by politicians and outside interest groups."

Fast forward to present day, employees are excited for the new opportunity. “Being part of the creation of an American-style works council is a chance to do something new and different,” said Michael Cantrell, a Volkswagen paint technician in a release from UAW. “This is about securing good jobs for the future of the plant and Chattanooga, and building lasting partnerships between management and team members.” volkswagen-chattanooga-plant-aerial-view© Provided by MotorTrend volkswagen-chattanooga-plant-aerial-view

The plant was initially open to talking with the UAW because of "work councils" at VW's plants in Germany, in which factory workers have reps that collaborate with plant management on compensation, benefits, and work rules.

Chattanooga currently builds the Passat midsize sedan, and will reportedly produce the future three-row crossover based on the CrossBlue concept.

Source:UAW

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