VW letter to Tennessee workers confirms talks with UAW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Volkswagen managers confirm in a letter to employees that the automaker is in talks with the United Auto Workers about establishing a German-style "works council" at its Tennessee assembly plant.

The letter is signed by the plant's chairman and CEO, Frank Fischer, and by Sebastian Patta, the facility's vice president for human resources. It was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

The managers acknowledge in the letter that questions about labor representation at the plant are a matter of "lively discussion."

The company states in the letter that it's engaged in talks with the UAW because in the United States a works council can only be established through an established trade union. Some experts and Republican elected officials, such as Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, have disputed whether that's a requirement.


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