UAW election by set of VW TN workers upheld by NLRB

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 9:51 PM

S. National Work Relations Board voted 2-1 to uphold a December election by a tiny grouping of workers at Volkswagen AG's () Chattanooga, TN plant to connect the United Auto Workers, the NLRB announced on Wednesday.

n">The U. S. National Work Relations Board voted 2-1 to uphold a December election by a tiny grouping of workers at Volkswagen AG's () Chattanooga, TN plant to connect the United Auto Workers, the NLRB announced on Wednesday.

VW had asked for a review of the election involving about one hundred sixty of the plant'south workers, who are skilled trades employees, in which seventy-one % voted to connect the UAW. The plant has a total hourly workforce of about 1.400 workers.

The UAW will presently look if it's extra leverage to press VW to consent to arrive to the negotiating table for the one hundred sixty skilled trades workers, members of UAW Local forty-two in Chattanooga, to bargain on salary and benefits.

The members of UAW Local forty-two would be the first workers at a foreign-owned auto gathering plant to gain collective bargaining rights in the southern United States.

While the unit of skilled trades workers who support the gathering machinery are a fraction of the hourly work force, VW bargaining with them could serve as a launching pad for the union’s efforts to organize other foreign-owned plants in the south.

Officially, the NLRB voted to hold in space a regional director'south ruling that affirmed the December election by the skilled trades workers.

VW had number immediate reaction to the NLRB order. It's said it doesn't wish workers to be separated into fragmented representation groups.

Gary Casteel, UAW secretary-treasurer and head of its organizing efforts in the south, said he hopes VW will "immediately" work with Local forty-two "in the German spirit of co-determination."

Casteel referred to VW'south policy of allowing worker input in management decisions, which it's done at nearly all of its factories exterior the United States through "work councils" which comprise both plant and office employees.

The UAW in Feb filed charges with the NLRB charging that VW is violating the National Work Relations Act and has “unlawfully continued to refuse to bargain.”

A dissenter to the order on the NLRB said that the skilled trades workers don't work separately from the rest of the VW plant workers. The two NLRB members in the majority said the company had failed to prove an "overwhelming community of interest" between the skilled trades employees and the rest of the plant'south hourly workers.

The union narrowly lost a February two thousand fourteen election to represent all of VW'south Chattanooga hourly paid workers.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Jonathan Oatis and Diane Craft)

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