published Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

UAW still has options at VW's Chattanooga plant, labor experts say

The United Auto Workers still has options to unionize Volkswagen’s Chattanooga car plant, labor law experts told Reuters.

While the UAW faces a one-year waiting period under U.S. labor law before it can hold another National Labor Relations Board election, it could hold a “private” vote that could include all plant workers or just some of them, said Wilma Liebman, former chair of the NLRB.

Also, under the so-called card check option, the union could present an employer with cards signed by workers expressing union support. VW officials have said they would prefer a secret ballot election, however.

The UAW lost a February election by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin. It dropped an appeal for a revote last week.

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