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Where would dues go if the Volkswagen plant was unionized in Chattanooga?

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A factory worker performs diagnostics on a Passat before it is taken through a dyanometer. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press A factory worker performs diagnostics on a Passat before it is taken through a dyanometer. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Volkswagen team leader Shannon Fossett said that if the United Auto Workers gains the right to represent Chattanooga plant employees, he sees paying union dues as sort of like buying insurance.

"You don't need insurance -- until you need it," he said. "It's like car insurance. You don't need it until you need it."

But Ronald Nafus, who said he used to work at a UAW-represented plant near Niagara Falls, N.Y., said workers at the Chattanooga factory ought to think twice about joining the union.

"Their money is going out the door," he said. "[The UAW's] main interest is to get the money."

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