While the UAW was defeated in a February election at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory, it wasn't enough to deter the union from future attempts at organizing the factory's labor force.

According to The Tennessean, the UAW is set to announce the formation of a union local for the plant's employees. Membership will be voluntary, and the union reports that VW won't formally recognize the local until a majority of the plant's workers join up.

"We will be announcing a local, and we would fully expect that Volkswagen would deal with this local union if it represents a substantial portion of its employees," the UAW's Region 8 director, Gary Casteel, told The Tennessean.

Apparently, the union has been considering this move since its 712-626 defeat in February, although the final decision was only made this week.

"The election was so close, we don't feel it's right to turn our backs on these workers," Casteel said.

The official announcement will be made at 4:00 PM today.


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      J
      • 5 Months Ago
      UAW: "Join Da Union or we'll break your legs!"
      Larry Litmanen
      • 5 Months Ago
      We need to ban unions in USA, along with terrorism and liberalism.
        tnsubie
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        I know I look forward to 90-hour work weeks, no vacations, little concern for safety AND only being able to shop in the company-run store, among a myriad of other things.
          brandon
          • 5 Months Ago
          @tnsubie
          Yes, because so many non-unionized companies do that. If you are going to speak from ignorance, then don't speak at all. Please. TIA
          Larry Litmanen
          • 5 Months Ago
          @tnsubie
          That's a talking point he picked up on 0bamanownandforever.com He is a paid subscriber.
          brandon
          • 5 Months Ago
          @tnsubie
          Oh, you mean unskilled workers during the industrial revolution? Sure, there are laws against that, at least here in the US, that prevent much of what happened during that time. Nevermind reality. Also, most companies now know that in order to retain quality talent, and I don't me the crap that GM employs, they have to treat them well. Do unskilled, ungrateful, ignorants without so much as a HS diploma get paid well, no. But they shouldn't either. They are easily replaceable. Do be mad at the rest of the world because you weren't smart enough to get a college education.
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @tnsubie
          tnsubie: Welcome to the Autoblog comment section, where being smart gets you branded as a UAW thug, Democrat, or anything else.
          engr00
          • 5 Months Ago
          @tnsubie
          My Gosh how old are you? Are you educated at all in the world affairs? To paraphrase from Billy Madison, we are now all dumber for having read that.
          tnsubie
          • 5 Months Ago
          @tnsubie
          This is comedy gold, right here, folks.
          brandon
          • 5 Months Ago
          @tnsubie
          If the laws are in place to protect the worker, and limit a 40 hour work week, then what purpose do unions still serve? Distort the market for unskilled wages? That's about the only thing I can see.
          tnsubie
          • 5 Months Ago
          @tnsubie
          Ever wonder why those laws exist today?
          engr00
          • 5 Months Ago
          @tnsubie
          My Gosh how old are you? Are you educated at all in world affairs? To paraphrase from Billy Madison, we are all now dumber for having read that.
          Pj Taintz
          • 5 Months Ago
          @tnsubie
          exactly! Ive never worked for a union and im always having to shop at stores approved by my job, with money given to me by my job not in dollars but in job-bux! oh wait...that never happened to me....
        carguy1701
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Larry Litmanen
        Because unions are such a terrible concept... Oh wait, the entire industrialized world is unionized, its only here that they have a bad rep. ******* conservative retardation.
          churchmotor
          • 5 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          LOL, too bad people like you in Chicago have never heard of OSHA
          churchmotor
          • 5 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Please chicago1701 thug, give us reasons why the workers in Tennessee should accept the Detroit Mafia into their factory.
          churchmotor
          • 5 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          Ah yes, the "Collective" Socialist...give us more or else!
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          I DID answer your question.
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          So you're saying that workers shouldn't have a voice? Typical Republican scum.
      carguy1701
      • 5 Months Ago
      Autoblog, I highly recommend disabling comments for this story. Few if any of them are going to be productive. It will all be the same old ****.
        churchmotor
        • 5 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Ah yes, typical Chicago style politics, shut down the opposing view points.
          Jeff
          • 5 Months Ago
          @churchmotor
          We're not talking about a Union carguy1701, we're talking about the UAW....the epitome of corruptness and what's bad with organized labor. While I agree unions theoretically can be good (although it rarely happens in the US), the UAW regrettably isn't.
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @churchmotor
          Jeff: What's to say they can't change, though? That's partly why I thought that VW would call in IG Metall. It would have given the UAW incentive to change.
          churchmotor
          • 5 Months Ago
          @churchmotor
          I guess carguy1701 wants to be the only one able to express an opinion. And if you disagree, he will be a typical liberal and attack you.
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @churchmotor
          >thinking I'm purely liberal in my thinking Spare me.
        Bird2112
        • 5 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        Please allow me to translate: "I disagree with the Majority and my opinion must be heard and validated...so everyone else must be silenced and I must be allowed to express my opinion which is the only correct way to see the situation."
      Dr. Detroit
      • 5 Months Ago
      One has to be insane to allow the UAW into their midst. US unions are not like German or Japanese unions. They are like British unions. I.e. many, many strikes while building garbage and trying to force the public to eat it. You see where it got both of them. Until I go on a UAW website and see cooperation, concern for the company, more pride in the company that their solidarity house.....forget it. I hope VW goes BK if they let them in. Their sales in the US are already nosediving.
      Diz
      • 5 Months Ago
      Dear UAW - Go back to trying to organize IRS workers. They are going to need protection here in the very near future.
      JF1GE
      • 5 Months Ago
      Shouldn't the unions be a life line to workers who feel they are being treated unfairly, instead of a predatory beast stalking American labor?
        David
        • 5 Months Ago
        @JF1GE
        . . . we don't feel it's right to turn our backs on these [union dues].
      Eric
      • 5 Months Ago
      Unions are the reason why the Big 3 Brands are struggling. If VW goes union...I will refuse to own one. Unions do nothing but promote laziness and create a sense of entitlement undeserved.
        marv.shocker
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Eric
        I was going to post something, but you already said it...
        Daniel D
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Eric
        BTW VW is union. Its only the US plants that are the exception to the rule. Apparently overcoming ideology with common sense, doesn't come easy to US citizens.
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Daniel D
          I know. This was likely planned from day one.
        Daniel D
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Eric
        Oh ok. So all the executives at the big three are completely on the ball and never did anything to sabotage their companies, in their quest to make sure they are al-right and they can climb the ladder and get their bonuses? There are a lot of ex and current GM executives happy with your world view right now.
      NewTexian Brewery
      • 5 Months Ago
      Dear UAW: Don't go away mad. Just go away.
      The Tourmaster
      • 5 Months Ago
      Why are we constantly subjected to news about unions on an automotive site? These news stories are for the local news and have nothing to do with cars.
        churchmotor
        • 5 Months Ago
        @The Tourmaster
        guessing "The Tourmaster" is a UAW member, and doesn't like hearing truth.
        Pj Taintz
        • 5 Months Ago
        @The Tourmaster
        the UNITED AUTO WORKERS union is kind of related to AUTOS fool
        EXP Jawa
        • 5 Months Ago
        @The Tourmaster
        You are subjected to them only after you elect to click the link and read the story. Because you can easily scroll past to another story of your liking... I, for one, find articles about automobile manufacturing, development, safety, history, motorcycles, sink holes in museums, even comedians driving around, to be entirely relevant to the subject of cars and interesting to me. And the stories that don't hold my interest - I scroll past them.
          The Tourmaster
          • 5 Months Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          "I, for one, find articles about automobile manufacturing, development, safety, history, motorcycles, sink holes in museums, even comedians driving around, to be entirely relevant to the subject of cars and interesting to me." Incredible grasp of English you have there. Do you always veer to strawmen arguments? I didn't mention ANY of the things you mentioned. Those are things I find interesting, too - BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO DO WITH THE AUTOMOTIVE WORLD. Unions do not. Of course, I can scroll past it. If that is the case, let's have posts about hunting, cooking, photography which I can scoll past, too. Your argument is meaningless. My simple question was -- since you missed it the first time -- just like hunting, cooking, and photography, why are we subjected to news about unions which has little to do with automotive news? Next time please read what I write before replying.
      Car Guy
      • 5 Months Ago
      The UAW is like an organized crime family. They move into a neighborhood and threaten the people demanding protection money. Except they call it "dues"........
        NewTexian Brewery
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Car Guy
        ALL unions are organized crime... as are all governments.
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @NewTexian Brewery
          So you're saying anarchy is the best way to go about things?
          churchmotor
          • 5 Months Ago
          @NewTexian Brewery
          "anarchy reigns supreme" Are Chicago and Detroit other countries now?
          brandon
          • 5 Months Ago
          @NewTexian Brewery
          Tard1701 What "countries" exactly, does anarchy "reign supreme"? Being without state is not the same as being without governing. Oh, never mind, I know you aren't smart enough to understand this simple concept. Back to your regularly scheduled keyboard drooling.
          brandon
          • 5 Months Ago
          @NewTexian Brewery
          Yes, actually it is. Anarchy>Monarchy>Republics(because we see how long it takes them to turn into pseudo democracy)>oligarchy>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Democracy.
      GoFast
      • 5 Months Ago
      **** the UAW.
        Daniel D
        • 5 Months Ago
        @GoFast
        Now go and have a lie down. You've done enough thinking for today.
      BlankaLi
      • 5 Months Ago
      Dear UAW: You've been irrelevant for quite some time. You know this. You're desperate. It's not pretty. Just leave. Better yet, dissolve entirely.
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