LM-2 filings recently released by the U.S. Department of Labor show that membership in the United Auto Workers union rose by more than 4,000 members during 2011. The increase is attributed to increasing production capacity and workers by the big three U.S. automakers. As the UAW continues to diversify its representation of workers in the gaming, academic and health care sectors, it is also working to gain membership among workers at foreign-owned automotive plants and parts suppliers in the United States. According to a recent report by WDEF News 12, a television station in Chattanooga, Tennessee, employees have begun passing out union authorization cards at the new 2,700-worker Volkswagen plant near Chattanooga. In keeping with its previously announced "neutral" position on unionization, Jonathan Browing, President and CEO of Volkswagen of America, commented that "we believe the employees are the people that will make their decision, we hope that it will be a very well informed decision . . . and a decision they make freely on the basis of good information."
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