Global Support for Workers at VW Chattanooga Plant

Labor News

Reprinted from IndustriALL on April 13, 2017. It is unattributed.

Unions from Poland, Germany, UK, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, the US, and Switzerland convened in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to show solidarity for workers at the local Volkswagen plant. The German auto manufacturer is defying a court ruling and continues to deny workers their legal right to organize.

In December 2015, an overwhelming majority of more than 70 per cent of the skilled-trades workers voted to be represented by IndustriALL affiliate United Autoworkers (UAW). Yet VW Chattanooga is refusing to bargain with UAW Local 42, even after the U.S. government has ordered the company to enter into negotiations.

IndustriALL General Secretary Valter Sanches says:

“Volkswagen not recognizing UAW in this case is illegal, violates workers’ fundamental rights, and violates the Global Framework Agreement they signed with us in 2002. Many of us have raised concern with VW about this, but the company’s bad behavior continues.” …

IndustriALL 4/13

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