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UAW Election At Volkswagen's Plant Ends Friday

Posted at 7:27 AM, Dec 04, 2015

Workers have been set to finish casting their ballots Friday in the latest effort by the United Auto Workers union to organize at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee.

The two-day vote has been scheduled to conclude at 7:30 p.m., the end of the work day at the plant.

The election involved 162 skilled trades workers, who have been responsible for repairing and maintaining machines and robots at the Chattanooga factory.

After losing a vote among all hourly workers at the plant last year, the skilled-trades workers at UAW Local 42 decided to seek their own election.

Volkswagen objected to the move, but the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board said the group has enough of a shared "community of interest" to allow them to seek their own bargaining unit.