UAW says VW employees at Tennessee plant file for union election

UAW says VW employees at Tennessee plant file for union election

A Volkswagen EV ID.4 crossover on the Volkswagen of America plant in Chattanooga, Tenneessee, on June 8, 2022.

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DETROIT — Volkswagen employees at a plant in Tennessee have filed a petition with the Nationwide Labor Relations Board for a vote to affix the United Auto Staff, the union introduced Monday.

The submitting comes after a “supermajority of Volkswagen employees have signed union playing cards in simply 100 days,” the union stated, marking a significant milestone within the labor group’s organizing drives of nonunionized auto crops within the U.S.

The UAW has beforehand failed to arrange foreign-based automakers within the U.S. Most just lately, crops with Volkswagen and Nissan fell wanting the help wanted to unionize. In 2019, VW employees on the Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant rejected union illustration in an 833-776 vote. 

The Chattanooga plant is VW’s solely U.S. meeting plant and employs greater than 4,000 autoworkers who could be eligible to vote for union illustration.

VW confirmed receiving a discover that the UAW has filed a petition with the NLRB to carry an election. The corporate stated it respects its employees’ proper to a democratic course of and to arrange.

“We’ll absolutely help an NLRB vote so each group member has an opportunity to vote in privateness on this vital resolution. The election timeline shall be decided by the NLRB. Volkswagen is pleased with our working setting in Chattanooga that gives a number of the finest paying jobs within the space,” the corporate stated in an emailed assertion.

VW manufacturing employees on the plant earn between $23.40 per hour and $32.40 per hour, with a four-year grow-in interval to prime wages, based on the corporate.

VW’s hourly wages are decrease than these the UAW negotiated final yr with the Detroit automakers, which this yr vary between about $25 an hour and $36 an hour for manufacturing employees, together with estimated cost-of-living changes, or COLA. By the tip of the UAW contracts, prime wages are anticipated to surpass $42 an hour for manufacturing employees.

VW is one in all 13 nonunion automakers within the U.S. that the UAW set its sights on late final yr after securing file contracts with the Detroit automakers.

The drive covers practically 150,000 autoworkers throughout BMW, Honda, Hyundai, Lucid, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Rivian, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

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