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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…)

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 TheDetroitBureau.com.

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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…)