9/24/2015: The UAW today released the following statement from Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and head of the union’s transnational department, regarding the Volkswagen emissions scandal:

“Like the rest of the nation and the world, we are troubled by findings of software manipulations in Volkswagen Group diesel cars that violate U.S. environmental standards. The international union and UAW Local 42 at Volkswagen in Chattanooga are fully committed to clean air and environmental sustainability. We’re glad Volkswagen management stepped forward and pledged to clearly, openly, and completely establish the facts of this case. We believe transparency is the key to resolving this crisis, and that through transparency Volkswagen will be able to emerge as a stronger and more responsible manufacturer. We have communicated to the company that the international union and Local 42 stand ready to assist with any forthcoming recall or other efforts.”

UAW Transnational Director Responds to Volkswagen Emissions Scandal