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Nov 20, 2013
Nov 20, 2013

VW wants German-style labor model at U.S. plant, but workers must vote

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) wants the workers at its Tennessee plant represented by a German-style works council, but the final form of representation and whether that includes the United Auto Workers union must be decided by the employees in a formal vote, the automaker’s top U.S. executive said on Wednesday.

“Our strong desire is to have a works council present in Chattanooga,” Jonathan Browning, Volkswagen Group of America’s president and CEO, said in an interview at the Los Angeles Auto Show. “The challenge in a U.S. context is how to bring that into being. That’s obviously the point of discussion in terms of how you actually move forward.”

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      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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