From News 12: Chattanooga Volkswagen employees are joining the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. The UAW made this announcement on Thu
From News 12: Chattanooga Volkswagen employees are joining the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.
The UAW made this announcement on Thursday morning, December 7.
More than 1,000 Volkswagen workers have signed union cards in less than a week, the union stated.
They cite the 37% rise in Volkswagen vehicle prices over the past three years.
Union workers say that although Volkswagen has profited $184 billion in the past decade, their wages are far behind those of the Big Three: Ford, General Motors and Stellantis.
These workers also said their benefits are not good enough.
“I like working at VW, I’m proud to make these vehicles, but I’m not proud of the way we’re treated,” said Billy Quigg, a production team member in assembly. “The forced overtime on Saturdays, the lack of time off, it keeps us away from our families. That’s why we’re building the union. When people have a good job and time to spend with our families, we’ll help the whole community thrive.”
This comes shortly after Volkswagen announced an 11% pay raise for these employees.
Recently, autoworkers with the UAW went on a strike with the Big Three that lasted over a month. This was the longest strike in 25 years, according to CBS.