Statement on Misinformation Regarding Tennessee Union Coverage
February 20, 2014
Recent coverage of the United Auto Workers’ efforts to organize a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee have inaccurately stated that Koch was involved in the UAW organizing campaign and the union’s defeat. Koch had no involvement, neither directly nor indirectly, with this issue in Tennessee. Unfortunately, as we have seen in the past, commentators, politicians, and others sometimes insert Koch into a storyline even when there is no factual basis, which is what happened here.
Regarding unions in general:
Koch companies support voluntary associations, and where they so choose, we recognize and respect employees’ rights to be represented and bargain collectively.
Union employees represent a large part of our production employees. Nationwide, many Koch company sites operate under collective bargaining agreements.
Where unions exist, we respect their status, work with them in good faith, and honor the terms of our collective bargaining agreements. This has been true for more than 50 years.
We think the best workplace relationships are fostered when the employer works directly with its employees. It is a mischaracterization to say this means we oppose unions or want to do away with all unions.