UAW taking 'micro' approach to unionizing Volkswagen plant

Created: 11/19/2015 5:22 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers union is back with a more concentrated approach after suffering a bitter loss in its efforts to gain collective-bargaining rights for all blue-collar workers at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee.

The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday granted a petition by a small group of skilled-trades workers to hold a vote on being represented by the UAW for collective bargaining purposes, turning back a call by the German automaker to require a vote by all blue-collar workers on union issues. There are 162 occupied skilled-trades positions at the plant, about 12 percent of the roughly 1,400 hourly employees at the Chattanooga factory.

The UAW has been thwarted for decades in its efforts to represent workers at any foreign-owned auto plant in the South.

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