CHATTANOOGA (WRCB/AP) - Volkswagen managers have told Chattanooga employees by letter that it will respect employees' decisions on whether or not to join the UAW. In the letter, obtained by Channel 3 Eyewitness News and confirmed by VW, the company also confirms it is in talks with the UAW.

Plant CEO & Chairman Frank Fischer and VP of Human Resources Sebastian Patta signed the letter.

The letter acknowledges a "lively discussion in the Chattanooga plant regarding labor representation."

The company states in the letter that it's engaged in talks with the UAW because in the United States a works council can only be established through an established trade union. Some experts and Republican elected officials, such as Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, have disputed whether that's a requirement.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says Volkswagen would become a "laughingstock" if it goes through with a deal to have the United Auto Workers represent workers at its Tennessee plant.