DETERMINED TO PURSUE CO-DETERMINATION: In an update on a storyline central to Thomas Geoghegan’s recent book Only One Thing Can Save Us (see America review here), the United Auto Workers union has presented a draft proposal for a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant. Last year a substantial minority of the workforce voted for UAW representation in a controversial election marked by considerable outside pressure. These workers formed a union anyway, and want to confer with management on issues concerning their members through a “works council” of the type common in Germany. (Since they did not win the representation election, only workers who ‘opt-in’ individually would be covered by any agreements.) Volkswagen, which values worker input more than U.S. companies typically do, seems open to the idea. Stay tuned.
UAW Proposes “Works Council” for Tennessee Volkswagen Workers