Volkswagen employees opposed to the United Auto Workers said today they welcomed a statement from a top company labor leader that called for employees to "look at the UAW for yourselves and to decide if they should represent you or not" in a secret ballot election."
On Monday, Bernd Osterloh, president of the VW Group Global Works Council, said that now it is the Chattanooga workforce's turn to decide on the trade union issue.
"We appeal to our colleagues in the USA: Don't believe hearsay. Use the opportunity to look at the UAW for yourselves and to decide if they should represent you or not," Osterloh said.
Southern Momentum, a non-profit aimed at "ensuring that all VW employees receive accurate, complete, and balanced information about the upcoming election," said workers will finally get a chance to vote.
"We encourage our fellow team members to really look at the facts about the UAW and vote no," said Mike Burton, who helped put together an anti-union website no2uaw.com. "It appears [the UAW] needs us more than we need them. We can have representation on VW's Works Council without the UAW. That's why we're encouraging our fellow team members to get all of the facts and vote no."