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UAW Refuses To Accept VW Chattanooga Vote

Appeals To NLRB For Ballot Rerun.

The United Autoworkers Union is refusing to accept the result of the ballot which it lost in a bid to represent workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant.

The UAW asked the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to order a new vote. The UAW lost by a 712-626 margin in an election last month. The UAW alleges unfair influence in the election by local politicians.

Workers at the plant await VW’s decision where to make a new SUV for the U.S. market, which may go to the company’s plant in Mexico. If the UAW had gained access to the plant, speculation suggested the SUV might be made in Mexico. But the unexpected appeal by the UAW has put decisions on hold.

The Wall Street Journal, in an editorial entitled “The UAW Demands a Mulligan”, said the NRLB may well grant the UAW a new election.

Meanwhile, three workers at the Chattanooga plant sued VW and the UAW alleging improper collusion. VW allowed the UAW unprecedented access to workers at the Chattanooga plant before the election.

No word yet on when the NLRB will take a decision.

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