Volkswagen labor leader to visit Chattanooga to discuss UAW

Volkswagen labor leader to visit Chattanooga to discuss UAW

October 1st, 2013 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

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The head of Volkswagen's global works council is slated to visit Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant to meet with workers and talk about the United Auto Workers organizing efforts.

Bernd Osterloh, who also sits on Volkswagen's supervisory board, is slated to take part in discussions about the potential set-up of a works council labor board at the factory, according to the automaker.

Reuters first reported the visit.

Earlier, Osterloh had told German media that he wanted to talk to some Tennessee Republicans about their opposition to UAW representation at the plant. It isn't known if he will meet with any of them while in Tennessee.

Gov. Bill Haslam said this summer that his office was making efforts to meet with VW labor leaders, though nothing was scheduled at that time.

The UAW has said that it has a majority of the signatures of the Chattanooga plant's workers on cards asking the union to represent them. The union is in talks with top VW officials about the establishment of a works council.