VW Chattanooga plant workers meet with management about time off during 3-day shutdown

VW Chattanooga plant workers meet with management about time off during 3-day shutdown

December 14th, 2018 by Mike Pare in Breaking News

This story was updated Dec. 14, 2018, at 6:52 p.m. with more information.

A group of Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant employees met Friday with factory management over a proposed change in the use of personal time off during a three-day shutdown next month.

After meeting with the production workers, managers decided to not make the change, said plant spokeswoman Amanda Plecas.

"We listened to them this morning," she said.

Plecas said the next year's production calendar was released Thursday, and managers realized they had communicated the proposed Jan. 2-4 change to employees too late.

She said the January shut down is related to preparing the plant to begin production of the five-seat Atlas SUV next year. Volkswagen also has a previously announced shut down during the week of Christmas.

"Each year we identify days when the company can schedule company-wide paid time off to cover maintenance and any needed changes in tooling," Plecas said "We've had to increase that scheduled paid time off for 2019 to mitigate the impact of new investment in the factory to build the new Atlas Cross Sport as well as to prepare for the 2020 Passat."


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