May 3 , 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Chattanooga, Tenn.—The National Labor Relations Board on Apr. 27 filed an unfair labor practices complaint against Volkswagen for refusing to bargain with a “micro-unit” union formed by workers in its Chattanooga factory.
Skilled maintenance workers had voted last December to join the United Auto Workers, but Volkswagen refused to recognize it, claiming that the vote was invalid because only the plant’s entire workforce was a legitimate bargaining unit. The NLRB rejected that argument April 13, citing a 2013 court ruling that allowed certified nursing assistants to form a bargaining unit at an Alabama nursing home, on the grounds that their jobs were different enough from other workers to “share a community of interest.” Volkswagen said April 25 that it would appeal the board’s decision in federal court. The UAW called that “a stall tactic that won't work.” Read more