UAW leader says VW employees signed cards supporting union efforts

Authored By chloe.morrison

A top official with the United Auto Workers told The Associated Press that a majority of Volkswagen workers at the local plant signed cards in support of union representation that would help establish a German-style works council. 

Gary Casteel, regional director for the UAW, said that workers signed cards that include a statement about wanting to join Volkswagen’s Global Works Council and in support of a cooperative and collaborative relationship with the company, according to The Associated Press. 

Casteel also told The Associated Press that the cards are legally binding as an election by the employees. 

Republicans, such as U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, have spoken out against union organization. Click here for more information on that. 

Click here for a story about a right-to-work organization opposing the union efforts. 

This week, President of Volkswagen America Jonathan Browning addressed the possibility of unionization at the local plant, saying that company leaders are looking for an “innovative solution” to the situation in which employees can have a strong voice locally and globally. 

“We’ve been very clear that the process has to run its course,” he said when asked about negotiations between VW and United Auto Workers leaders. “No decision has been made. It may or may not conclude with third-party representation.”