published Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Anti-UAW workers seek own union at VW

Some Volkswagen employees in Chattanooga, who’ve talked in the past about organizing their own union, are moving forward with the effort and hope to have an election.

Anti-United Auto Workers employee Mike Burton said the proposed union will be the initial chapter of the American Council of Employees to counter the UAW Local 42. He said if it collects about 500 signatures of employees, it can seek an election from the company

He said the chapter collected 108 on its first day.

“We are in a rush thinking that there will be an announcement on the 26th that VW will announce that it has given office space to the new UAW Local 42 in our plant,” the website said.

It said it wants to help the company establish a works council within the confines of United States law.

“That is it. We have no political agenda. We will not be doing community activities. We will not be going to Lake Winnie or giving out t-shirts and water bottles. Our focus is strictly to improve the communication between Volkswagen and we, the employees,” said the website.

See more in Wednesday’s Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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