VW Chattanooga worker pay at bottom, study says

The United Auto Workers and the American Council of Employees are vying to set up a works council for employees at the facility.

A study of labor costs at automakers with U.S. production plants shows workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant at the bottom with an average pay and benefits of $38 per hour, according to Reuters.

Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Ala., has the highest hourly pay and benefits among employees at U.S. car factories at an average of $65 per hour, the Center for Automotive Research study showed.

Labor costs among U.S. automakers were among the highest. Labor costs at General Motors' U.S. plants including benefits are $58 per hour. Ford Motor Co. is at $57 per hour while employees at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles earn $48 per hour, reflecting the much higher percentage of lower-paid, entry-level workers at FCA.