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NLRB Denies VW Appeal of Union Vote

Labor board confirms UAW status at Chattanooga plant.

by on Apr.14, 2016

The NLRB rejected Volkswagen of America's appeal of the vote by workers approving UAW representation.

The National Labor Relations Board rejected Volkswagen of America’s bid to set aside a vote by maintenance workers approving representation by the United Auto Workers at the company’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Volkswagen is studying the NLRB rulingAdd an Image, which cleared the way for UAW, said VW spokesman Scott Wilson, who declined further comment. VW filed briefs with the NLRB stating that a union representing maintenance workers at the plant complicated the German automaker’s ability to manage the facility.

Union News!

A three-member NLRB panel denied Volkswagen’s request for the agency to review a December 2015 election in which skilled-trades employees in Chattanooga voted overwhelmingly to designate UAW Local 42 as their representative for the purpose of collective bargaining. The denial upholds the results of the election, which the NLRB supervised. (more…)

VW Lays Out Plans for Turnaround; Won’t Cut Back at Chattanooga Plant

New CEO Mueller outlines five steps to get past diesel emissions scandal.

by on Oct.30, 2015

VW will build a version of its CrossBlue Concept when it completes the Chattanooga plant expansion.

Despite a freeze on sales of most of its diesel-powered cars, and a series of lawsuits that could cost it billions of dollars, Volkswagen says it won’t scale back an ambitious plan to expand its Chattanooga assembly plant, a move that will cost it $900 million to add production of a new SUV, adding 2,000 new jobs in the process.

“The United States continues to be one of the most important markets for Volkswagen, and our commitment to Chattanooga and the state of Tennessee is clear proof of that,” said Michael Horn, president and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America.

Beyond the Headlines!

There had been speculation that VW might scale back the project in the wake of a scandal triggered by revelations it had cheated on emissions tests by installing a so-called “defeat device” in 482,000 diesel-powered vehicles sold in the U.S., and 11 million sold worldwide. The maker has already set aside $7.3 billion to cover the cost of the scandal, and Matthias Mueller, CEO of parent Volkswagen AG, has just outlined a five-step recovery plan.

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VW’s Chattanooga Plant Expansion Bringing 9,800 Jobs

New study shows $370 million in annual income from new SUV.

by on May.28, 2015

VW's expansion of its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, could result in 9,800 new jobs totaling $370 million in annual income.

The competition between states offering incentives and promises to secure new auto business is fierce and a new study shows why: money and jobs.

A study from the University of Tennessee’s Center of Business and Economic Research (CBER) indicates that the expansion of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga manufacturing plant to produce a new midsize SUV and the opening of a North American Engineering and Planning Center could create approximately 9,800 jobs and add $370 million in additional annual income, once the plant is fully operational.

Always Looking Ahead!

“The findings in the CBER study demonstrate that the incentive package recently passed by the Tennessee legislature will result in an economic growth multiplier of several times the state’s investment,” said David Geanacopoulos, executive vice president for Public Affairs and General Counsel, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (more…)

UAW May “Win” VW’s Tennessee Plant After All

Automaker readying to recognize union as bargaining agent.

by on Nov.11, 2014

The UAW appears to be another step closer to being recognized at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Despite losing a plant-wide election earlier this year, the United Auto Workers may end up representing the employees at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee due to a change in the automaker’s policy.

The yet-to-be-released policy modification is expected to determine how labor groups at the plant will dealt with in the future. The UAW believes the change means it will be recognized as the bargaining partner for all hourly employees in the facility whether they are formal members of the union or not.

Gain Traction!

The UAW says more that half the workers have agreed to be represented by its newly formed Local 42. (more…)