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US United Auto Workers union close to agreement at key car plant

Prospect of VW recognition deal in South rattles rightwingers

The United Auto Workers union has confirmed that it has been in talks with Volkswagen about representing workers at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The union says in a statement that its representatives met VW officials last week in Wolfsburg, Germany.

Currently no US plants owned by foreign car manufacturers have UAW representation.

But the trade union has been trying for years to organise the plants, which are mainly situated in southern states.

UAW said its talks with VW covered the possibility of a German-style works council in Chattanooga, as well as standard UAW representation.

Works councils act as a forum for workers’ representatives to consult on plant operations.

UAW’s success in Chattanooga has unsettled some Southern politicians who fear other plants could be next.


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