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VW Appeals Election Ruling, But Election to be Held

By Allen Kinzer

On December 1, VW announced that it is appealing the NLRB Regional Director’s decision to hold a union election for 165 skilled maintenance workers.  While VW’s appeal proceeds, however, the election will still be held on December 3 and 4.

During the NLRB election, the 165 maintenance workers will vote on whether they want the UAW to be their exclusive bargaining agent.  Meanwhile, VW will be filing a brief with the NLRB in Washington, D.C., challenging the decision to hold an election for only a small segment of VW’s workforce in Chattanooga.  VW contends that all the production and maintenance workers at the Chattanooga plant share a compelling community of interests.  Therefore, according to VW, the only appropriate bargaining unit for a union election is all production and maintenance workers, not a mere subset.

VW’s appeal will take several months to resolve.

Tags: appropriate unit, appeal, Elections


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