Published Date: 05/05/2014
By George Ports
The United Auto Workers (UAW) union recently announced that it was withdrawing its objection to the election results at Volkswagen’s (VW) Chattanooga, Tennessee location. The union had claimed that outside political interference in the election conducted in February 2014 resulted in employees voting against unionization.
The union’s objection was based upon public statements from US Senator Bob Corker, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and other GOP officials. The union argued that these statements from elected officials raised fears among employees about the facility’s future if they voted to organize.
The UAW has been unsuccessful in its attempts to unionize employees working for foreign owned automotive companies in the United States, especially in the South. VW management had agreed with the UAW to allow its organizers direct access to employees at their Tennessee facility during work hours. Even with this direct access, the employees elected not to be represented by the UAW by a vote of 712 to 626.
The election results were certified by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after the UAW withdrew its objection.
To read more about the election and the UAW withdrawing its objection to the election results, go to http://j.mp/uaw-T.