A spokesman for Gov. Bill Haslam said leaders are still firming up details of a visit from Volkswagen AG Works Council Chairman Bernd Osterloh.
Osterloh has plans to come to Tennessee to talk to Volkswagen workers about the idea of having German-style representation at the local plant, Reuters reported this week.
Osterloh recently said it would be better for Chattanooga to have a works council, but the National Labor Relations Act forbids companies to have an internal union, so organizing the local plant can’t be done exactly like the German model.
Osterloh also expects to meet with Haslam and Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, who have voiced opposition to unionization involving the United Auto Workers Union.
UAW leaders are using the fact that German leaders want VW to be involved in the works council and the fact that federal law requires a third party as a way to get in at the local plant and organize there.
Leaders postponed the meeting with Osterloh earlier this month after plane problems kept officials in Germany.
UAW leaders have been working to organize the plant for years now, and an official recently said the union had support from at least 51 percent of the workers.
That prompted pushback from some Volkswagen employees, who created the No2UAW website.
Soon after that, workers began filing charges.
Four local Volkswagen employees have filed federal charges against the company, alleging that statements by German officials are illegally coercing fellow workers into representation by the United Auto Workers Union.
Three of those four VW workers are part of a group of eight VW employees that also filed charges last month alleging improprieties in the UAW Union hierarchy’s "card check" process.
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