For the second time in five years, a slim majority of hourly workers at Volkswagen’s 8-year-old Chattanooga assembly plant has rejected a bid to unionize with the UAW — affirming a similar outcome from 2014 and marking yet another failed effort by the union to organize a foreign-owned, light-vehicle assembly plant in the U.S. South.A spokesman for Volkswagen of America said preliminary results of the balloting — which took place in the plant over the last three days — showed 833 workers cast ballots against the union, while 776 voted for. Volkswagen said 93 percent of eligible workers cast ballots.The results must still be certified by the National Labor Relations Board, which conducted the election. A review and ruling by the NLRB is expected next week.The UAW outcome is another bitter loss in the South after defeats at VW in 2014 and Nissan in 2017. Only 44 votes separated the 712 nays and 626 yeas at VW in 2014, while over 60 percent of Nissan workers rejected the union at the Japanese automaker’s plant in Canton, Miss., in August 2017. In 2015, a large majority of skilled-trades workers at VW Chattanooga voted to unionize and affiliate with the UAW, but… Read full this story
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