Labor Voices: Elections don’t matter to Volkswagen


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Free and fair elections are the hallmark of our democracy — except at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

In December 2015, the skilled-trades employees at Volkswagen’s only North American plant voted overwhelmingly — by a margin of 71 percent — to designate a UAW local union to represent them for the purpose of collective bargaining. That same month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certified the election’s results.

What happened next was illegal, unethical and shameful. Volkswagen refused to come to the bargaining table. In turn, the local union filed charges stipulating that the company was violating U.S. labor law.

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