In February 2014, by the slimmest of margins, we lost our first bid for our own Union here at Volkswagen. Considering the intense outside interference and unprecedented political intimidation, the closeness of the vote was, in itself, a small victory.
However, this is the question we must ask ourselves now:
“Since 2014, has our situation at Volkswagen gotten better… or worse?”
In the last Team meeting, we found out that our performance was the absolute worst among all Volkswagen plants worldwide.
Is that more our fault… or management’s? Are we responsible for mechanical issues or is management responsible for insuring the equipment performs as it should? Are we responsible for parts shortages or is management responsible for insuring we have the parts to assemble vehicles? Are we responsible for worker shortages or is management responsible for maintaining an adequate workforce to meet labor demands?
How does it make you feel to know that managers, supervisors, and office workers ALL received their bonus while ours was cut by as much as 75%? How does it make you feel to know that we weren’t told until the day our ‘bonus’ was paid out?
Volkswagen’s business model relies heavily on worker feedback and interaction with management. It relies on workers being involved in management decisions. And it involves having a system of representation for workers that keeps management in check.
Our plant has NONE of this. And it shows.
Last place… Think about it.
Stand Together and Be Heard!