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Germany: Volkswagen’s central WC wants to negotiate with Tennessee’s Republican officials to set up a WC in Chattanooga
Planet Labor, 16 July 2013, n°7718 -

Bernd Osterloh, head of Volkswagen’s central WC, has revealed the strategy and schedule he wants to follow to secure the election of a works council in the American plant of Chattanooga (Tennessee).  For a long time, the IG Metall and the United Auto Workers (UAW) have been working hand in hand to carry this plan through.  But the UAW is one of the Republicans’ pet peeves in the region, and they do all they can to keep the union from settling in the Republican south.  To solve this problem, Osterloh decided to go meet with the Republicans, with a major trick upon his sleeve: VW is one of the biggest employers in the region and is soon supposed to decide whether to build a new model in Chattanooga or elsewhere.  (Ref.  130486)

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