September 3, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
Nashville, TN – The National Labor Relations Board unanimously ordered Volkswagen to begin contract talks with United Auto Workers Local 42 at the company’s plant in Chattanooga.
The order, released Aug. 31, said the company committed “an unlawful failure and refusal to recognize and bargain” with the about 160 skilled-trades workers who repair and maintain machinery after they voted to be represented by the UAW last year. The decision “makes it clear that the company has been operating in violation of federal law by refusing to come to the bargaining table," UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said in a statement. “We urge Volkswagen to accept the NLRB order and bargain with the local union at the earliest possible date.” Volkswagen has previously said it would appeal the NLRB’s April ruling that the skilled-trades workers could form a bargaining unit separate from the plant’s production workers, who voted against joining the UAW in 2014. Read more