Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga ups minimum wage to $16 hourly

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FILE – In this Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 file photo, the logo of Volkswagen is seen on top of a company building in Wolfsburg, Germany. German automaker Volkswagen reports its third quarter earnings on Tuesday, Oct. 30. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Volkswagen is increasing the minimum wage at its East Tennessee plant to $16 an hour.

The company says it will offer a 50-cent base wage increase for Chattanooga production team workers. New hires will start at $16 an hour and top out at $23.50. The increases take effect July 1.

Volkswagen says production wage progression will increase by 50 cents at every level, with workers becoming eligible for $17 an hour after six months of employment and $19.70 an hour after two years.

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga facility currently employs about 3,800 people and produces the Passat and the Atlas.

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