UAW vote at Volkswagen plant in Tenn. ends Friday

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A three-day union vote at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee concludes Friday after two weeks of heavy campaigning by supporters and opponents of the United Auto Workers.

About 1,500 workers at the plant were eligible to cast ballots in the election that will decide if the UAW can, for the first time, win representation at a foreign automaker in the South.

Anti-union groups have sought to dissuade UAW votes through a billboard campaign warning that Chattanooga could suffer a similar fate to Detroit.

Republican politicians joined that chorus and raised concerns that a UAW foothold would make the region less competitive for manufacturing jobs.

Volkswagen has professed neutrality over the UAW vote, which comes as the company is deciding whether to build a new SUV in Chattanooga or in Mexico.