VW labor leader won't promote UAW efforts in Chattanooga

VW labor leader won't promote UAW efforts in Chattanooga

August 18th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local Regional News

A powerful Volkswagen labor leader says he will not actively promote UAW efforts to organize the automaker's Chattanooga factory, according to Reuters.

Bernd Osterloh, who represents labor on the German car maker's supervisory board, said while he's keen to see organized labor representation at the Chattanooga plant, he would not actively promote UAW efforts to broaden its membership there.

Osterloh said in Hamburg, Germany, that it was up to the employees themselves to decide which union should represent them.

The UAW, which has been facing declining membership, aims to strengthen its presence at the factories of foreign-owned car companies, including Volkswagen.

Osterloh spoke to a Hamburg business journalists' club late on Wednesday, in remarks embargoed for release today.

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