Volkswagen labor policy at Tennessee plant sets off scramble among union supporters, opponents

Economic IndicatorsAssociated Press

Both supporters and opponents of the United Auto Workers' efforts to unionize their first foreign auto plant in the South say a new labor policy at the Volkswagen factory is going to help them.

The policy, known as "Community Organization Engagement," establishes formal rules for labor groups at the plant for the first time. What the effects will be is still up for debate.

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To some, the policy may open the door to the union eventually representing all workers in contract negotiations. To others, it may undercut the union by giving an opposing group an official voice at the plant.

The outcome is being closely watched in the U.S. and abroad. Other German and Asian automakers in the South are keenly monitoring developments, as are anti-union Republicans.