The United Auto Workers' attempt to unionize Volkswagen's Chattanooga, TN, factory may be off the table for a while. Since shortly after workers there rejected organizing, the UAW has been appealing to the National Labor Relations Board for another vote citing interference. Now, the union has dropped its case with the NLRB.

The union claims it wants to help VW. The appeal process with the NLRB can be incredibly slow, and it would be "unfair to keep Volkswagen mired down in the appeals process, which could take years to complete," said Gary Casteel, the UAW's district director, to the Detroit Free Press. The sides have struck an agreement not to call for another election through the NLRB for at least a year. Casteel claims the two sides could hold a private election, but he isn't planning another vote "anytime soon."

The UAW's appeal with the NLRB has faced some setbacks. The board voted to allow anti-UAW employees at the factory the right to defend casting a ballot against the organizing. Also, a group called the National Right to Work Foundation filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of five workers against VW and the UAW for allegedly working together to unionize the plant. The organization claimed the automaker forced workers to attend pro-union meetings.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the goal at the factory now is to work out a tax incentive plan with the state to build a midsize SUV, likely a production version of the CrossBlue concept. The Tennessee government reportedly offered VW $300 million to build the truck in Chattanooga but later rescinded the offer because of the union vote.


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      Oscar
      • 8 Months Ago
      You mean workers really do have the right to decide for themselves who will represent them? Amazing, isn't it?
        rboote
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Oscar
        With the help of government officials who lie to them and tell them that production will be decreased if they unionize. Ahh, the "free market" at work.
          churchmotor
          • 8 Months Ago
          @rboote
          No, it was the German Union IG Metall that lied and claimed no more investments in Tennessee unless the UAW was welcomed. VW is forced to deal with IG Metall taking part on their board and decision making. IF VW wanted the UAW, they would have returned to Penn were they had the UAW in their factory before. But no, go review the history of VW and the UAW in Penn.
          Pj Taintz
          • 8 Months Ago
          @rboote
          as opposed the the unions who lie to them and tell them they are putting in a vote on a future vote and then trying to tell them that it was the real vote? unions are nothing but scum, and anyone who supports them are scumbags, which side do you roll with, the filth or the workers, who voted for, and got what they want? If you REALLY believe in the workers, then you would support their decision and stop trying to weasel your way into their pockets
      churchmotor
      • 8 Months Ago
      Suckit Detroit Mafia.
        ChrisD
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        you corporate stooge! Yes sir, may I have another?
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 8 Months Ago
      Haha. UAW complains about "outside influence", but they are outside influence themselves. People whine about the Koch brothers, when really we just hate unions here in TN. Don't like it? Then don't live here.
      razorpit
      • 8 Months Ago
      Like a roach, the UAW is just hiding in the dark corner waiting for an opportune time to come out of the shadows.
      Steve K
      • 8 Months Ago
      Die parasite union scum.
      J
      • 8 Months Ago
      > The union claims it wants to help VW. Translation: The union claims it wants to help THEMSELVES to VW.
      TBN27
      • 8 Months Ago
      I will buyy VW's from Mexico or Germany and never from Chattanooga because of this political mumbo jumbo .
        thyservant
        • 8 Months Ago
        @TBN27
        How often do you buyy VWs?
        churchmotor
        • 8 Months Ago
        @TBN27
        So you don't think Politics play a part of VW in Germany? LOL, German owns a major portion of VW.
      Bexly
      • 8 Months Ago
      I still like how the senator said they'd get more VW business if they rejected the union, and now VW is saying they'll bring less business because of the rejected union. Not all unions are bad, people.
        churchmotor
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Bexly
        VW did not want the union. IG Metall wanted the union because this productive factory in Tennessee was making all the Union VW plants look bad.
      RetrogradE
      • 8 Months Ago
      I think the Bundy Ranch family should ride their horses from plant to plan and oust the unions. Then they can head to D.C. and oust everyone there. This isn't sarcasm. The government and the unions have gotten too big and intrusive. It's time we take back our rights.
        churchmotor
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RetrogradE
        Isn't it revolting that Harry Greed is trying to steal this from the Bundys and give all that desert to China. Then Harry calling these hard working ranchers "Domestic Terrorist". Yet refused to call the people that killed Americans in Benghazi Terrorist, and refused to call the Ft Hood Muslim a Terrorist...
      thyservant
      • 8 Months Ago
      It was a battle the UAW couldn’t win (morally and financially), especially the external interference claim. Haslam and Corker had no intention of appearing; in their minds their actions were simply to neutralize outside interference of the UAW and German unions. Meanwhile this would have been tied up for months locally, and then either side could appeal to Washington, taking months more. They’ve agreed to chill for one year before pursuing another vote. VW needs a Works Council….it’s their MoO worldwide. What other organization can step up to represent the workers in a Works Council? Why can’t a new organization form to appeal just to transplant factories?
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