By on August 1, 2011

Don Jackson, manager of Volkswagen’s spanking-new plant in Chattanooga, dispelled rumors that unionization of the VW works is imminent. “No one from the UAW has visited the plant, or asked to visit,” Jackson told Bernie Woodall of Reuters. Jackson said that neither he nor anyone else at the new VW plant has been in contact with UAW representatives, and dismissed talks about the UAW representing workers at the plant as “speculation.”

When Reuters asked Jackson whether he would let UAW reps in, Jackson answered: “Probably not, unless the team members really want them to come in. It’s up to the team members to decide” if they want to be unionized.

“Team” meaning the workers.

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8 Comments on “Volkswagen Won’t Let UAW In...”

  • avatar

    Computer programmers are all familiar with the concept of the if-then-else-if statement.

    What Volkswagen tells us fits that construct:

    IF (UAW comes knocking)
    THEN (We won’t let them in)
    ELSE IF (Workers want them)
    THEN (We will let them in)

    That’s not the same as “VW won’t let UAW in” (the headline).

    The difference being that the headline states an unconditional statement while the text of the article clearly states that there is a condition under which the UAW would be allowed in.

    Just sayin’…

  • avatar

    I wish I could link to the last VW UAW article. I would point to my great big “Told Ya So”

    Us Chattanoogan’s do not fancy a union carpetbag threat.

    • 0 avatar

      Hahaha, I used the term carpetbagger last time too.

    • 0 avatar


      This link will serve as additional validation of your “Told Ya So” argument (which I am definitely in agreement with):

      If that link isn’t convincing enough to keep out the UAW, I don’t know what is…

  • avatar

    No one misses a union ’till they need one.

  • avatar

    “Friends don’t let friends join the UAW…”

  • avatar

    VW already tried the UAW. Japanese manufacturers followed VWoA’s failed UAW unionized plant into production in the U.S. – acheiving success at non-unionized plants including Honda at their Marysville, Ohio, plant and Toyota at their Georgetown, Kentucky, plant.

    Toyota couldn’t get rid of their CA UAW plant fast enough and we all know what a success the UAW Mazda plant has been.

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