Talks of unionization, even when they are hypothetical, often incite passion and controversy. After all, Columbus, Ohio, employers and workers alike have experienced the opportunities and conflicts associated with union disputes for generations. Some industries are more open to the idea of unionizing than others, and such actions have been known to affect business in entire areas of the country for better or worse. Now that employees at one car manufacturing plant are considering participating in a new employment contract agreement involving unionization, concerns are being raised at other plants throughout the region.
The Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has reportedly been considering the possibility of worker unionization for some time. In fact, the company apparently supports the idea, as establishing a union at the company would allow for the creation of an employee-elected party known as a works council. A works council at the Chattanooga plant would contribute to workplace decisions and address some labor disputes, while also apparently influencing some aspects of the labor union. According to the company, implementing such employee-based bodies provides a competitive edge and encourages impartiality within the organization.