Butzel Long attorney Gary Klotz: How the UAW May Finally Make History in Chattanooga
In February, the UAW lost a secret-ballot election among Volkswagen employees at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. Despite that vote, the UAW is now on the verge of becoming the union for those employees. If successful, the UAW would achieve its longstanding goal of organizing a foreign-owned automotive manufacturer in the South.
That the UAW is on the precipice of reaching this goal is thanks to a new rule at Volkswagen. This fall, VW implemented a community organization engagement policy. Under that policy, an organization that has membership support from more than 45% of the employees becomes entitled, among other things, to meet biweekly with VW. Last week, an accounting firm verified that the UAW had membership support from more than 45% of VW employees.