Mar 20, 2024 - News

UAW tries to unionize Tennessee plant

The UAW is attempting to organize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The UAW is attempting to organize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Photo: Mark Elias/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The UAW is calling for a federally sanctioned vote to unionize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Why it matters: With more than 4,000 workers, the factory would be the only non-Detroit Three automotive assembly plant in the U.S. to be unionized, Axios' Nathan Bomey reports.

Driving the news: The UAW filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board to hold the unionization vote after a "supermajority" of workers at the plant signed cards signaling their willingness to join.

Reality check: The UAW has lost two previous votes to organize the Chattanooga factory — in 2014 and 2019 — both times by narrow margins.

The other side: VW has said it will be neutral in the organizing campaign and that it supports a vote. But the company has pledged to call out any "misinformation" in the UAW's campaign.

What's next: Once the NLRB confirms that at least 30% of employees at the site have signed authorization cards, the vote is next.

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