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German Investigators Raid VW Headquarters — Again

Query focusing on payments to Works Council leader.

by on Nov.15, 2017

Volkswagen AG's headquarters was raided once again by German investigators.

German authorities again raided Volkswagen AG’s headquarters looking for information about potentially illicit payments to the head of the company’s Works Council.

Investigators searched the offices of supervisory board chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch, finance chief Frank Witter, and human resources head Karlheinz Blessing, a Volkswagen spokesman said. Files and computers were seized, according to the Reuters.

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The raid was related to suspicions of overpayments for works council chief Bernd Osterloh, the spokesman said. Osterloh’s office was also searched, Reuters reported.  (more…)

UAW Foresees Labor Contract with Volkswagen Plant

Maker’s recognition at Chattanooga facility first step in process.

by on Dec.10, 2014

Gary Casteel, the UAW's Secretary Treasurer, said VW's recognition opens the door for discussions on any number of topics. (Photo credit: UAW)

The United Auto Workers expects Volkswagen’s recognition of the union at the company’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will lead ultimately to a labor contract with the German automaker.

Gary Casteel, the UAW’s Secretary Treasurer and leader of the union’s organizing effort in Chattanooga, said Volkswagen’s recognition opens the door for discussions on any number of topics.

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While a contract isn’t at the top of the list now since that would require formal legal recognition of the union by VW, but it certainly is a possibility in the not so distant future, Casteel said. (more…)

VW Employees Dealing with New Union Tussle

Anti-UAW forces trying to set up new union for workers in Tennessee.

by on Aug.28, 2014

An anti-UAW worker at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, is hoping to set up a competing union called the American Council of Employees.

The ongoing saga of the possible union representation of workers at Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, took another turn recently as one employee is attempting to form his own union at the plant.

Mike Burton, an hourly employee and an outspoken critic of the UAW, is collecting signatures to certify the American Council of Employees as the union to represent workers on the Works Council for the plant.

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Burton claims if the group can collect 500 signatures, it would be able to call for an election at the plant. He says 108 workers had signed up on the first day. If certified, it would be the first chapter of the union. (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…)