June 13th, 2019
June Employment Law Bulletin
UAW (“U Ain’t Winnin'”) Narrowly Loses at VW
Volkswagen Chattanooga employees on June 14 narrowly defeated the UAW for the second time in five years: with 776 voting for union representation (48.2%) and 833 voting against it (51.8%). A swing of 29 votes would have changed the outcome. In 2014, 626 voted Yes (46.8%) and 712 voted No (53.2%); a swing of 44 votes would have changed that outcome. In 2015, the UAW won a vote at VW involving skilled trades employees, but after its inability to gain a first contract, the UAW walked away from that unit to seek last week’s plant-wide vote. The next step is for the NLRB to certify the election results or for the UAW to file election objections, which would delay the certification of results. Assuming the results are certified, the UAW will have to wait 12 months before another election can be held. Clearly, with two close elections, employee relations issues continue at VW….
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