UAW Brings Charges Against Volkswagen

Posted at 6:12 AM, Dec 22, 2015

The United Auto Workers is bringing charges against Volkswagen for refusing to bargain with a group of skilled workers who won a union vote at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee earlier this month.

The UAW's Local 42 says in a filing with the National Labor Relations Board that a Volkswagen representative on Monday declined to recognize or bargain with the union.

Volkswagen opposed the creation of a bargaining unit for 162 workers who are responsible for repairing and maintaining machinery and robots at the Chattanooga plant.

The federal labor panel last week certified the maintenance workers' 108-44 vote in favor of being represented by the UAW. It was the first time the union had won a vote among workers at a foreign-owned auto plant in the South.