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Volkswagen workers talk candidly about UAW union election

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Good evening.

I'm dorothy sherman.

I'm john mercer.

Thanks for joining us for news 12 now at 11.

Workers at the volkswagen plant in chattanooga are speaking out after months of efforts made by the uaw to get a union election.

Employees say it's been a hot topic within the plant, and there's been campaigning, leaving many at odds.

Team members speak candidly in tonight's top local story.

Research is what many people do if they know they have to make a decision.

Volkswagen team member bryan byke: "everything i can dig up."

For volkswagen team member bryan byke that decision could be on how to vote in a uaw election.

And what he's found leads him to feel like a union might not be a good fit.

Volkswagen team member bryan byke: "we have real excellent benefits at work and if you go back and try to renegotiate something, there's no telling what you might end up with."

Volkswagen team leader annette stallion says if the election comes, she hopes it passes.

She's a member of the local 42 micro-union and sees unionizing as a positive.

Volkswagen team leader annette stallion: "if we are allowed to be unionized, then we can sit down with upper management and just go over some of our issues and maybe we can have a voice in the decisions that are made for us."

Tennessee is a right to work state.

That means the union negotiates the contracts, but workers are not forced to pay dues.

Volkswagen team lead keri menendez: "for the most part, the majority of us get along and i just you kind of already seeing stuff changing with that, it's just not, i just don't like it."

Volkswagen workers say the union is often talked about in the plant.

Volkswagen team lead keri menendez is with an anti-union group southern momentum.

She describes campaigning that's created a split with employees.

Volkswagen team lead keri menendez: "so the intimidation and everything is already there you know and i feel if they get in it will be worse especially with the people who don't join."

Chattanooga area labor council organizer austin sauerbrei: "the main thing that we are calling for is we want to see the works be able to make that decision for themselves without interference."

Austin sauerbrei is with the chattanooga area labor council.

The group is a network of 17 local labor unions in the area, representing over 5,000 workers.

They're planning to have a gathering at miller park monday evening to stand in solidarity with the vw workers wanting a uaw election.

Chattanooga area labor council organizer austin sauerbrei: "as community members, we feel like we've invested a lot of tax payer money to bring vw into our city and we're glad that we're here, but we feel like the workers in chattanooga need to have a voice in the workplace."

But first workers have to vote the uaw in.

Last time, employees took a vote and voted the uaw down.



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