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UAW Seeks Works Council at VW Factory That Rejected Union

Five months after workers at a Volkswagen AG car factory in Tennessee voted against forming a union, the United Auto Workers said it would open a local office there that could lead to the creation of a German-style worker council.

UAW officials said Local 42 at the Chattanooga assembly plant would give employees a voice in the workplace along the lines of the councils popular at companies in Germany, where the carmaker is based. While participation is voluntary, the intent is to eventually convince the company to formally recognize the UAW as a bargaining unit by showing broad worker support, union leaders said in a statement yesterday.