Anti-UAW group moves to set up alternative union at Chattanooga VW plant

A group of employees at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant is developing plans to set up an alternative to the United Auto Workers Union, reports the Chattanooga TFP.

“It’s totally legal,” said VW employee Mike Burton, an anti-UAW leader at the plant. He said the group hopes to gather enough signatures to have an election for the American Council of Employees.

It would counter UAW Local 42, which the Detroit-based union set up in June with hopes of gaining enough members that VW will recognize it.

The ACE website said its group is in a hurry because it believes VW will announce as early as today that it will give office space to Local 42 in the plant.

Scott Wilson, a VW spokesman, had no comment.

Gary Casteel, the UAW’s secretary-treasurer, discounted the independent unionizing attempt, adding that it would differ greatly from Local 42.

“What does an anti-union union offer?” he asked.

Casteel has said that the UAW already has arrived at a consensus with VW.

“Upon Local 42 signing up a meaningful portion of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga work force, we’re confident the company will recognize Local 42 by dealing with it as a members’ union that represents those employees who join the local,” he said.