June 14, 2019: VWoA says the United Auto Workers lost its second bid to organize VW’s Chattanooga assembly plant. VW reports this tally: 833 workers against (51.8%) vs. 776 (48.2%) for the union. VW says 93% of eligible voters cast ballots during a three-day period.
The union narrowly lost its first bid (by 44 votes) to organize VW’s plant in 2014. The union claims a misinformation campaign broke the will of enough workers to destroy its majority. Pro-union VW workers want quality of life issues addressed.
Meanwhile, some employees found the UAW’s corruption trouble problematic. UAW officials are the subject of a federal probe into misuse of union dues and their acceptance of lavish gifts from FCA’s management.
The UAW saw VW’s Tennessee plant as the most likely of the foreign-owned car factories in the South to organize. Unions represent workers at VW factories worldwide with the exception of China. Half of VW’s supervisory board in German is comprised of labor leaders.