VW opposes union deal for maintenance workers at Tenn. plant

AP News
Posted: Nov 03, 2015 2:03 PM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for Volkswagen's lone U.S. factory in Tennessee are arguing against an effort by a small group of workers at the plant to hold a union election.

Maintenance workers take up about 160 out of 1,400 blue collar positions at the Chattanooga assembly plant. They have petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to schedule a vote for them to be represented by the United Auto Workers.

But at an NLRB hearing in Chattanooga on Tuesday, the German automaker's lawyers argued that the maintenance workers' role at the plant is not sufficiently distinct from the remaining hourly employees to justify the creation of their own collective bargaining unit.

Hourly workers at the plant last year voted 712-626 against UAW representation following heavy campaigning by anti-labor politicians and groups.