Canadian Manufacturing

Workers at VW Tennessee plant will vote on union representation

Automaker asked U.S. National Labor Relations Board to conduct vote at plant Feb. 12 through 14

DETROIT—Workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee will decide next week if they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.

German automaker Volkswagen AG says it has asked the National Labor Relations Board to conduct a vote at the plant Feb. 12 through 14.

Workers at the Chattanooga, Tenn., plant will vote on whether to let the UAW establish a German-style works council.

The works council would represent employees on issues like wages and working conditions.

The vote is a victory for the UAW, which has so far been unsuccessful in organizing American workers at foreign-owned auto plants.

The Chattanooga plant is Volkswagen’s only factory worldwide without formal worker representation.

Some politicians in the southern United States have argued that unionizing the plant would hurt the region’s ability to attract future investment.

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