WACKER works with the employee representatives in a spirit of cooperation and trust. Industrial union membership has always been high among WACKER employees, especially at the German sites. Employees are under no obligation to inform their employer of any union membership, and the employer is not permitted to ask. We therefore do not know how many union members there are at WACKER.
WACKER employment contracts treat staff based in Germany – regardless of their union membership – as if they were covered by the respective applicable collective agreement. WACKER employees at non-German sites can also organize in unions. At our major US production site in Adrian (Michigan), for instance, some 42 percent of the employees are unionized. At non-German sites without (statutory or voluntary) employee representation, HR staff members are the contacts for employee interests.