SUV decision not tied to UAW, labor leader says

photo Volkswagen builds vehicles in Hamilton County.

A top Volkswagen labor official said Thursday that a pending decision about union representation for workers at the automaker's lone U.S. plant will have no bearing on whether the company will decide to add the production of another SUV vehicle there or make it in Mexico.

Bernd Osterloh, head of the Volkswagen's global works councils and a member of the company's supervisory board, said that while the company's dedication to "co-determination" supports the creation of works councils at all its plants, market forces will decide whether the Chattanooga plant is expanded.

"Those two things have nothing to do with each other," Osterloh said during the interview with The Associated Press, which was conducted in German.