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US Volkswagen Workers File for Union Election to Join United Auto Workers

Tennessee plant is currently the only Volkswagen plant globally without union representation, according to the UAW. Click image for article.

Photo: Two Volkswagen employees walk through the axle alignment department in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Photograph: Billy Weeks/Reuters

 

Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, filed a petition to join the United Auto Workers (UAW) on Monday after a supermajority of workers at the plant signed union authorization cards.

It is the first union election filing for the union since it launched a massive campaign aimed at organizing 150,000 workers at non-unionized auto plants in the US in the wake of securing historic gains in their contracts at the big three US automakers, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, last year.

“Today, we are one step closer to making a good job at Volkswagen into a great career,” said Isaac Meadows, a production team member in assembly at the Volkswagen plant, in a press release on the union election filing. “Right now, we miss time with our families because so much of our paid-time-off is burned up during the summer and winter shutdowns. We shouldn’t have to choose between our family and our job. By winning our union and a real voice at Volkswagen, we can negotiate for more time with our families.”

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