Volkswagen Tells The UAW “We’re Not Interested!”

So on the one hand we’ve got a headline from the Detroit Free Press that reads UAW Revving Up To Unionize The South….

The United Auto Workers union is gearing up for a fresh push to organize workers at the new Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, in what union officials hope will be the first in a series of successes to gain a renewed foothold in the right-to-work South.  The full article by G Chambers Williams is here.

On the other hand we’ve got VW executive quoted for purposes of a recent headline article in The Wall Street Journal VW Plant Not Interested in UAW’s Plans.  The full read by Jeff Bennett is here.

What is most interesting about this is that Bob King, President of the UAW along others on his team have been very vocal about the UAW’s efforts to partner with VW  in Tennessee by leveraging the entrenched relationship between VW and German Unions.  King has said that in addition to meeting with VW and Union leadership in Germany, that VW management the workers in Chattanooga, TN are interested in forming a collaborative relationship for the purposes of collective bargaining.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Mr. King declined to comment.


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