UAW union hopes for ‘reset’ on Volkswagen labor relations

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – The United Auto Workers union is hoping a management overhaul at Volkswagen in the aftermath of its diesel emissions cheating scandal will help ease an impasse over collective bargaining at the German automaker’s lone U.S. plant.

But on a visit to Chattanooga last week, new Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller said he hasn’t made up his mind about politically sensitive labor issues at the factory.

Mueller told The Associated Press he has been preoccupied with the “diesel issue” since taking over as chief executive last year. Volkswagen was forced to admit last year that thousands of its diesel vehicles were sold with illegal software designed to trick government emissions tests.

UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel expressed hope that new Volkswagen leadership will provide an opportunity to “reset the dialogue” with the union.

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