The United Auto Workers are appealing last week's election results at Chattanooga's Volkswagen manufacturing plant. In the UAW's objection, filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the UAW claims that Tennessee politicians such as State Senator Bo Watson "conducted what appears to have been a coordinated and widely-publicized coercive campaign... to deprive VWGOA workers of their federally-protected right, through the Election, to support and select the UAW as their exclusive representative... free of coercion, intimidation, threats and interference."
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations President Richard Trumka addresses members during the quadrennial AFL-CIO convention at Los Angeles Convention Center in Sept. 2013.
When workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga narrowly rejected the United Auto Workers in a recent vote on whether to unionize, it was a stinging setback for a labor movement looking for a big organizing victory in a Southern state.
The United Auto Workers failed to unionize Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant last week, but how soon might they return? Nooga.com reporter Chloé Morrison joins WUTC's Michael Edward Miller for a discussion of what's ahead.
Workers at the Volkswagen auto assembly plant in Chattanooga have rejected representation from the United Auto Workers. The vote was a disappointment for the UAW, which lost by a narrow margin. About 1,300 workers voted, and anti-union forces won by only 86 votes. UAW President Bob King said that to lose by such a close margin is very difficult.
"Obviously, we’re deeply disappointed," King said after results were announced.
After a week of local and state politicians speaking out about the ongoing unionization vote at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant, President Obama has joined the discussion, "accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers," according to Reuters.
Chattanooga has been named as a likely site for production of Volkswagen's newest sport utility vehicle. But U.S. Senator Bob Corker says if plant workers decide to reject the United Auto Workers, that could clinch the deal.
The unionization vote at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant has spurred impassioned debate. Various pro-union and anti-union organizations are in the Scenic City, attempting to persuade local VW workers to vote one way or another. One group put up billboards around town that say, “Auto Unions Ate Detroit. Next Meal: Chattanooga?”