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Labor information and resources

Labor information and resources

Committed to transparency and providing accurate and neutral information to our employees and ensuring a good and stable working environment.

Our position

Our position

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Chattanooga employees have a strong voice in the plant. Volkswagen Group of America is also committed to ensuring consistent and transparent labor relations with our employees, stakeholders, and partners. We respect our workers' right to decide the question of union representation. And we remain committed to providing accurate and neutral information. Volkswagen refutes any claims of union-busting, intimidation or illegal violations of worker rights at our Chattanooga plant.

Chattanooga employees working on VW assembly line.

Our team members create change in their workplace

Employees have daily communication with and a direct line to management to provide feedback and ask questions through Volkswagen Chattanooga’s Engagement Committee and our Employee Roundtables. Management desks are right off the plant floor to encourage employees to share feedback, which they do often.

Facilitating two-way communication with our workers leads to changes that make their workplace better. A few recent examples of changes we have made in response to employee feedback include:

  • Volkswagen announced a policy change to increase emergency PTO days. Feedback from the Engagement Committee helped inform this decision.
  • Employees shared frustration with the parking situation at the plant, so management set up buses to make commuting more convenient.
  • Volkswagen modified the 3rd shift team schedule after finding that a vast majority supported an adjustment to move Friday night shifts to Sunday night, allowing those workers better enjoy their weekends.

Addressing Claims

Volkswagen respects the right of its employees to decide the question of representation. However, it’s important we respond to claims made against the company.

Claim:

Volkswagen recently announced a 6% wage increase that was a carrot we’ve been calling “the UAW bump...”

Volkswagen statement:

Volkswagen recently announced a 11% wage increase as part of its evaluation at the end of every year to make sure the company continues to offer a competitive and robust package of wages and benefits that attracts and motivates top talent. Over the last 10 years, employee base wages have increased by 56%, well outpacing inflation over that period (31.7%).

Claim:

Volkswagen increased profits 60% over the past three years...

Volkswagen statement:

Volkswagen's post-tax profits increased 12% from 2019 to 2022. And more importantly, a large portion of any profits are reinvested right back into our Chattanooga plant to improve our facilities, keep raising wages and strengthening benefits for our workers and creating more jobs.

Claim:

Volkswagen has harassed and threatened workers for talking about the union.

Volkswagen statement:

We refute any claims of union-busting, intimidation, or illegal violations of workers’ rights at our Chattanooga plant.

Read our statements in response to claims

Read more about the union authorization cards initiative