November 20, 2015
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Maintenance workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee will vote Dec. 3-4 on whether to join the United Auto Workers.
The National Labor Relations Board’s regional director in Chattanooga approved the vote on Nov. 18, after rejecting the company’s argument that the skilled-trades workers who maintain the plat’s machinery were not a distinct enough group to have an election separate from production workers.
"The UAW had the better argument," said Chattanooga labor-law attorney Dan Gilmore, saying that the plant's skilled trades employees were an appropriate bargaining unit and didn’t need to be "the most appropriate unit." If they vote to join the union, it would be the first time the UAW has represented employees of a foreign automaker in the South. Read more