United Auto Workers Union Seek New Strategies at Volkswagen’s Tennessee Plant
The UAW has earlier tried to organize the workers at its foreign automaker's plant located in the south but frustrated with unsuccessful efforts the union is now adopting a new approach at the Tennessee plant of Volkswagen.
Rather than looking for another attempt for vote representing the complete blue collar workforce at the only Volkswagen factory in the U. S, located in Chattanooga, now the union is trying to organize only a unit of hundred and sixty five member of skilled-trades workers. The vote is expected to last for just two days starting Thursday by the limited group of workers involved in repair and maintenance of machinery at the single U. S. factory of the German automaker.
In an interview, UAW's secretary-treasurer, Gary Casteel, said "It's just part of an overall strategy to get us to the bargaining table with the company. Because all things are possible in bargaining." He added, "Do we look at groups that get us in the door to have collective bargaining rights? Absolutely."
For years the union has not been too successful in its efforts to represent workers at factories of foreign automakers like Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and BMW in different states.
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