NLRB Denied VW’s Request to Review Union Vote at the Carmakers Chattanooga Plant

NLRB Denied VW’s Request to Review Union Vote at the Carmakers Chattanooga Plant

A rather small group of Volkswagen workers at Chattanooga plant in Tennessee moved one step closer to being represented by the UAW or the United Auto Workers union.

On Wednesday, the National Labor Relations Board on denied VW's request for a review of an election held in December , where the majority of skilled-trades workers at the German automaker's Chattanooga plant supported to be represented by union organization. The board said that Volkswagen's request "raises no substantial issues warranting review."

Volkswagen could not block a union vote among a small group of approximately160 workers who specialize in repair and maintenance of machinery and robots. Seeking to stop the vote, the company argued that all labor decisions should be made by the entire 1,400 blue-collar workers working at the plant.

VW also questioned the timing of the vote while the company was struggling to handle the diesel emissions cheating scandal which shook the company's sales globally.

In a statement, UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said "With today's order, the NLRB has clearly stated that it views the skilled-trades election in Chattanooga as a legal and appropriate step toward meaningful employee representation."
 

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