Anti-UAW workers to form own union at VW plant
Nashville, Tenn. — Volkswagen workers who oppose the United Auto Workers at the German automaker’s plant in Chattanooga are looking to form their own union.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that the group wants to form the first chapter of what would be called the American Council of Employees.
Worker Mike Burton said if the group can collect 500 signatures, it would be able to call for an election at the plant. He says 108 workers had signed up on the first day.
The UAW narrowly lost a union vote at the plant in February but has since established a local chapter aimed at gaining representation without another vote.
Volkswagen wants to create a works council to represent blue- and white-collar workers but can’t do so without an independent union.