VW objects to union vote by 1 group of workers in Tennessee

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is objecting to a request from a small group of maintenance workers at its lone U.S. assembly plant to hold a vote on whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. The company is instead calling for a full vote by all maintenance and production employees at the plant.

The German automaker said in a statement Monday that the effort to secure collective bargaining rights for 165 maintenance workers at the Chattanooga factory isn't consistent with Volkswagen's "one team" approach to operating the facility.

The full contingent of workers voted against joining the UAW 712-626 last year after an acrimonious campaign at the company's first foreign-owned auto plant in the South.

A National Labor Relations Board hearing on the maintenance workers' request is scheduled for Tuesday in Chattanooga.