NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The United Auto Workers union is hailing a new Volkswagen policy as a vehicle to soon gain representation of workers at its first foreign auto plant in the South.
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Not so fast, says a group of workers who orchestrated the defeat of the UAW in a union vote at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant earlier this year.
The details of the new policy have yet to be released, but both the UAW and the rival American Council of Employees expect it to outline the company's plans to interact with community and labor groups at the plant.
The UAW touts strong links to powerful labor interests on the Volkswagen board in Germany. But Sean Moss, the interim president of the independent worker group, says the UAW is exaggerating the strength of its position.