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LET US VOTE: CHATTANOOGA WORKERS DESERVE THE SAME RIGHTS AS EVERY OTHER VW WORKER IN THE WORLD!

On April 17, 2019 an NLRB hearing was held at the Chattanooga Courthouse on Volkswagen workers’ petition to organize. More than 30 Chattanooga VW workers attended.

Here’s a summary of the results of the hearing:

  1. VW STALL TACTICS: VW made it clear to the NLRB that they are trying to delay or stop a vote of all Chattanooga production and maintenance workers.
  2. VW GAME PLAYING: For over three years, VW has refused to bargain with maintenance workers, who voted to join UAW Local 42 in 2015. At the April 17 hearing, VW cited the maintenance case in refusing to allow ALL VW workers to vote, despite the fact that UAW Local 42 has made it clear that they have withdrawn from the maintenance case so all workers have the opportunity to vote and make their voices heard.
  3. VW DOUBLE SPEAK: Volkswagen corporate officials have refused to bargain with maintenance workers since 2015 and have used legal maneuvers to keep that case in limbo. They are now trying to tie a vote among ALL VW workers up in legal limbo — just like we saw with the 2015 maintenance workers.

LET OUR PEOPLE VOTE. LET CHATTANOOGA WORKERS VOTE!

DON’T LET VOLKSWAGEN PLAY GAMES WITH OUR WORKPLACE RIGHTS!

CHATTANOOGA WORKERS DESERVE THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES AND BARGAINING RIGHTS AS EVERY OTHER VW WORKER IN THE WORLD!                  

Chattanooga workers file election petition for maintenance and production workers to join the UAW

Chattanooga – Chattanooga Volkswagen workers filed a petition with the NLRB for an election Tuesday, pointing out that they are fed up with not having the right to bargain like other VW employees worldwide.  The filed petition Tuesday is  for an election with all production and maintenance workers in Chattanooga.

“Why are Chattanooga workers treated any differently than other VW workers in the world?” said Steve Cochran, President of UAW Local 42 in Chattanooga. “Why are Chattanooga workers treated differently than even other auto assembly workers at plants like GM Spring Hill?”

In filing the petition, Chattanooga workers are asking for the opportunity to vote this Spring.

“It’s time,” said Cochran. “Our maintenance workers voted to form a union and VW still refused to bargain. They said they would bargain if production and maintenance workers voted – so let’s vote.”

“Why are Chattanooga workers treated differently?” said Cochran. “Why are we in Chattanooga not treated like other VW employees around the world? Why in Chattanooga do we have to make suggestions, not sit down and bargain like every other VW plant?”

“This isn’t about politicians. It’s not about outsiders. It’s about Chattanooga workers,” Cochran added. “We deserve the same rights as Spring Hill workers and every other VW worker in the world.