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The “will they, won’t they” back-and-forth in the United Auto Worker’s courtship of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant is still in full swing, as the union, German and American executives and most importantly, employees, try to figure out just what the future of labor relations will be at a plant that sits in a right-to-work state.

The drama of the proceedings has left the plant’s employees fractured, with the union claiming that over half the workers favor unionization, while a 600-worker-strong petition is being circulated in opposition to the United Auto Workers. There are presently 1,567 hourly workers at the Chattanooga facility which currently builds the Passat sedan, and the plant is being considered for a future three-row crossover.

American executives, meanwhile, are in favor of arranging an employee board, similar to what is used in German VW facilities. The Volkswagen board, though, recognizes the political predicament the factory is in, where a wrong move could hurt relations with politicians and investors, according to Automotive News. We’ve already seen the response toward Chattanooga unionization from Senator Bob Corker, after all. The German execs are pushing towards a secret ballot by the workers, as a means of protecting the VW brand.

The UAW, for its part, is pushing for voluntary recognition of the union by Volkswagen, although based on past alleged practices, it’s not clear if the UAW legally has the employee support it claims it has. As always, we’ll continue following this one.

VW leadership split on unionizing TN plant originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Volkswagen factory workers have filed complaints against the UAW with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the union “misled or coerced” them into formally asking for union representation.

The VW Passat by using what’s called a card-check process. The tactic is opposed by the National Right to Work Legal Defense foundation, the group representing the workers. The card-check process demands that a company recognize a union that obtains the signatures of more than half its workforce, according to The Tennessean. This tactic is in contrast to the more traditional route, which sees employees vote on union representation.

The workers filing the complaint claim that the UAW told them the cards merely called for a secret ballot, rather than an outright demand for union representation. Workers also allege that the UAW has made it overly difficult to reclaim their signed cards, some of which were signed so long ago that they have been rendered invalid. Although the cards can force a company’s hand, federal law still allows the company to ask for a secret ballot before yielding to unionized workers.

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Volkswagen Taigun Concept

A new built its 250,000th car in May.

As for what will end up in Tennessee, some reports suggest the vehicle will be a subcompact, which suggests a production version of the CrossBlue Concept, the altogether larger CUV seen in our gallery below.

The organized labor issue is a potentially troubling one for VW, with the Comments

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Volkswagen Taigun Concept

A new built its 250,000th car in May.

As for what will end up in Tennessee, some reports suggest the vehicle will be a subcompact, which suggests a production version of the CrossBlue Concept, the altogether larger CUV seen in our gallery below.

The organized labor issue is a potentially troubling one for VW, with the Chattanooga Times Free Press indicating that unionization could have a negative impact on whatever vehicle is being considered at the moment. If the Tennessee plant doesn’t get the new vehicle, it’s still likely to add a second model to its assembly line before too long, though. “We’ve made a significant investment in Chattanooga and it’s one that we want to have its full potential realized,” Trahan says of the facility. Whatever ends up being built alongside the Passat, we expect to see it in 2016 or 2017.

UPDATE: Volkswagen Top News has learned that VW has no plans to bring a production Taigun to Chattanooga – a reporter from another publication evidently misheard what was said at the press event. Thus, once again, the smart money on VW building a crossover in Tennessee goes to the three-row CrossBlue.

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Volkswagen Passat

Tiny Vader” might be the most popular, but somehow, we think this newest spot will find a big audience. VW delivers not so much a cover, but a reimagining, of 1980s Norwegian pop band A-ha’s famous music video for “Take On Me.”

The original opens with an animated motorcycle race, which is revealed to be part of a comic book. VW’s version replaces the motorcycle with a Comments

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Seven generations of Volkswagen has sold a lot of Passats over the years, with over 20 million produced.

VW started delivering the B1-generation Passat on July 25, 1973, and sold it until 1980, when the second generation came out. The B2, which went by many names in different markets, was produced from 1980-87 (longer in some markets, such as China, where it was produced until 2012) and featured technology you might recognize in many of today’s VWs, such as a turbo-diesel engine option. The B3 generation was produced from 1987-93 and, styled with aerodynamics in mind, starts looking more like a Passat in this writers opinion. The B4, produced from 1993-97, was safer and had a stiffer body but followed the same formula as the previous generation.

The B5 Passat stepped up the quality quite a bit from the previous model, and it came with a wide range of four-, five-, six- and eight-cylinder engines. It was produced from 1996-2005. The sixth-gen Passat was produced from 2006-09 and could be had with a double-clutch transmission for the first time. It even spawned the good-looking Passat CC, which became its own model in 2010, when the current B7 Passat was released.

The B7 is a curious model. While Rest of World markets all get the same car, the US produces a unique Passat for its own market, and China makes a derivative that VW sells there called the New Midsize Sedan.

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