We are production workers at Volkswagen Chattanooga. We make a valuable product that we’re very proud of. Our work has enabled VW to be an industry leader in automotive and electric vehicle production in the United States, producing over 150,000 vehicles a year.
Presently, high turnover is making our jobs more difficult. Constant changes to our schedules and changes to PTO policy are making it hard to plan our lives outside of work and spend quality time with our families.
In other VW plants where workers have a union, those workers have a voice, and it makes a positive difference for them and for Volkswagen. In fact, out of the 45 VW plants worldwide, only two do not have worker representation.
It’s time for us to also enjoy the benefits of a union. Without a union, our employer determines the terms of our employment, our schedules, and our benefits without any input from us, the employees. Having a union makes it so that we’re in this together, that we have a real voice in the company, and we bargain with management as equals. That’s good for us and it’s good for Volkswagen.
❓ Have questions or concerns about what a union would mean for VW workers?
✍️ Want to get more involved and help build your union?
On February 26th, we held a successful Town Hall for all VW production workers and their families to learn what it would mean for us here at Volkswagen Chattanooga to have a union. The Town Hall was a great opportunity for workers to connect with each other and to get answers to their questions about unions and the UAW. To encourage turnout, a group of VW employees who are working to establish our union distributed flyers outside the plant and participated in phone-calling to co-workers on multiple occasions. Many of the attendees also agreed to become more involved in helping to build the union throughout the plant. Prior to the Town Hall, workers also handed out flyers and made phone calls to encourage folks to complete our Workplace Survey, which asks what we like about our jobs and what we think could be improved. Through the survey, we learned about some of the issues workers care about that could be addressed through having a union. (If you haven’t already, you can still complete the survey at the link above as well as reach out if you would like to get more involved or have a question).
Protect Our PTO
Improve Our Wages
Town Hall for all VW production workers and their families