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Volkswagen Starting Up Atlas Production

Sport-utility crucial to automaker's U.S. sales turnaround hopes.

by on Dec.15, 2016

Hinrich Woebcken the new CEO of VW's North American operations, shows off the Atlas.

Volkswagen Group of America has begun production of the new VW Atlas it the German automaker’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The launch marks the start of VW’s plan to build inventory prior to the official introduction of the Atlas in 2017, Volkswagen officials said.

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“I am very proud of the hard work the Chattanooga team has put in to bring the Atlas to series production,” said Christian Koch, president and chief executive officer of Volkswagen Chattanooga. (more…)

Volkswagen Pushing Forward with Cross Blue Production

Automaker making progress on SUV as it meets with UAW.

by on May.05, 2016

The VW Cross Blue is slated to hit U.S. dealership in early 2017 with production starting later this year.

With its sales continuing to decline and the diesel scandal continuing to hover over the company’s future prospects, Volkswagen of America has finally taken a step towards a turnaround with the next stage of development for its new SUV at its Tennessee plant.

Volkswagen Chattanooga has reached an early production milestone with the completion of the first assembled metal test body for the upcoming midsize sport utility vehicle that the automaker is counting on to bolster its fading position in the U.S. market.

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The maker’s position in the U.S. has been undermined not only by the diesel scandal, which has sidelined some of its most popular models, but also by the shift of consumers to trucks and utility vehicles. (more…)

Volkswagen Appealing Recent NLRB Ruling

Maker still believes entire plant must be represented.

by on Apr.26, 2016

Volkswagen plans to appeal the National Labor Relations Board's most recent ruling about union representation in its Tennessee plant.

Volkswagen of America plans appeal a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that would have cleared a path for the United Auto Workers to negotiate a labor contract for 160 maintenance workers at VW plant in the state of Tennessee for the first time.

A three-member NLRB panel earlier this month had 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 collective bargaining representative, upholding results of an election supervised by the NLRB.

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Volkswagen spokesman Scott Neal Wilson said the German automaker had not yet filed the actual appeal, but has decided to challenge the ruling. “We didn’t state that an appeal was filed, only the decision to do so,” he said.  (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.

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

VW Investing $900 Mil to Expand Tenn. Plant, Add New CrossBlue SUV

German maker will also set up new product development and planning center at Chattanooga plant.

by on Jul.14, 2014

The VW CrossBlue Concept vehicles rolls past the maker's assembly plant in Chattanooga, TN.

After a long delay, Volkswagen officials have finally confirmed plans to expand the capacity of their big assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee to produce and all-new midsize crossover-utility vehicle, a project that will cost the maker about $900 million.

After achieving significant growth earlier in the decade, VW is currently struggling to reverse a two-year sales slump that has threatened to leave it short of the ambitious goals it had set for 2018 when the company was hoping to sell 800,000 vehicles a year in the U.S. Based on the CrossBlue Concept vehicle, the new ute will play a “key role” in VW’s plans for the U.S. and broader North American market, declared the maker’s CEO Martin Winterkorn during an online news conference.

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“The Volkswagen brand will continue to go on the offensive in the American market,” said Winterkorn, who called the U.S. “one of the most important markets” for his company.

The VW CEO also announced that the German maker will add a new product development and planning center at the Chattanooga complex.


UAW Implements New Strategy for VW’s Chattanooga Plant

Local union structure may offset decades of defeat in southeast.

by on Jul.10, 2014

The UAW is creating a new local union to represent pro-union employees at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant.

The United Auto Workers union is down, but not out. After its recent efforts to organize Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the union said it would not abandon the plant and it’s readying to make good on that promise by creating a new local union to represent pro-union workers at the plant.

The new local will not be the official representative of the workers at the plant until a majority of the workers inside the plant can vote again. The UAW suffered a demoralizing defeat when it lost a representation election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board by a 712 to 626 margin.

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However, Dennis Williams, the UAW’s new president, said organizing the transplants remains one of the UAW top priorities. In addition, Berthold Huber, president of Germany’s IG Metal union, said in an interview during a recent visit to Detroit, the influential German Metalworkers was prepared to support the UAW’s drive in Chattanooga regardless of how long it takes. (more…)

Tennessee’s Anti-Union Approach May Stall Plans to Expand VW Plant

Maker might look for other options to build CrossBlue model.

by on Apr.08, 2014

The CrossBlue Concept was slated to be produced at the company's plant in Tennessee, but the efforts by state and national lawmakers to chase off the UAW, may have cost the plant the vehicle.

The state’s political leaders did everything they could to keep the union out of Volkswagen’s big assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., but they may also have short-circuited plans by the automaker to expand that factory to add production of a major new crossover-utility vehicle.

Barely two months after workers at the VW factory narrowly voted against the United Auto Workers Union, plans for the new Volkswagen CrossBlue model appear to have ground to a halt, in part due to delays over proposed state incentives meant to offset the cost of that factory expansion.

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And with the Tennessee legislature set to soon adjourn for the year, VW may be left with no option but to consider alternative production plans, several sources cautioned. They note that the automaker has become increasingly wary of working with Tennessee in the wake of the union flap – several top state leaders directly criticizing the company for inviting the UAW vote. (more…)

Corker Warns Against Silencing Politicians

NLRB investigating UAW claims about inappropriate influence.

by on Feb.27, 2014

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said the NLRB could set a bad precedent if it finds in favor the UAW's objection to the election results at Volkwagen's Chattanooga, Tenn. plant.

While some feel that U.S. Sen. Bob Corker was less than truthful when he said that Volkswagen would build a new SUV at its plant in Tennessee if workers voted against UAW representation there, he may never have been more honest today.

“I probably am ‘Public Enemy No. 1′ to the UAW,” Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor this morning. “There’s no doubt there is some pent up anger towards me.”

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VW workers at the plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., that builds the Passat voted 712 to 626 to reject the UAW representation in creating a German-style works council. (more…)

UAW Files Appeal over Chattanooga Vote

National Labor Relations Board will investigate election.

by on Feb.21, 2014

Workers at the new VW plant in Tennessee may get another chance to vote for a union, if the UAW's appeal of the recent election results is successful.

When UAW President Bob King said the union had no plans to leave Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., he apparently meant it as it filed an appeal today contesting the recent election with the National Labor Relations Board.

After weeks of bitter back and forth about the potential impact of the UAW on the plant, workers and the region, the workers voted against UAW representation 712 to 626. The union is claiming politicians and special interest groups interfered with its efforts to organize the plant. The NLRB is investigating the complaint, an official told

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“It’s an outrage that politically motivated third parties threatened the economic future of this facility and the opportunity for workers to create a successful operating model that that would grow jobs in Tennessee,” King said in a statement. (more…)

Pro- and Anti-Union Forces Wage War of Words over VW Vote

Chattanooga employees conclude vote to join, eschew union today.

by on Feb.14, 2014

Workers at Volkwagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., are wrapping the vote on whether or not they will be represented by the UAW.

Workers at Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Tennessee are scheduled to wrap up three days of voting on whether or not they want to join the United Auto Workers today, but the fight over the outcome continues to rage.

The UAW, which has encountered no opposition from Volkswagen of America’s management, suggested its partisans inside the plant are optimistic about the prospects for a historic victory.

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“As Chattanooga’s Volkswagen workers finish their first day of voting on whether to join the UAW, news coverage continues to reflect the excitement so many of the workers feel at the prospect of unionizing,” the union said in a statement. (more…)