FRANKFURT -- Employee representatives of Volkswagen are in talks with the UAW over organization of workers at the German carmaker's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., a German newspaper said today.
"For VW, it is a matter of course that its employees are unionized," Handelsblatt daily quoted VW global works council head Michael Riffel as saying.
He did not say whether the VW workers in Chattanooga could be organized under the UAW umbrella.
"That decision is up to our colleagues in the United States," Riffel was quoted as saying.
Handelsblatt said that VW's German works council head Bernd Osterloh, German union IG Metall's head Berthold Huber and UAW President Bob King have met several times.
King said earlier this year that the future of the UAW likely depends on whether it can unionize factories in the United States run by foreign companies.
The UAW believes that without organizing plants of Asian and European companies it can no longer safeguard pay for U.S. auto workers.