Volkswagen appeals UAW election at Chattanooga plant

Union supporters hold up signs near the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015.

In the latest salvo between Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers, VW has asked in an appeal of the union election at its Chattanooga plant this month that regulators scrap key cases on which the UAW based much of its legal footing.

Lawyers for VW said the Specialty Healthcare legal cases on which the UAW depended to organize a small group of workers should be abandoned. The decisions, lawyers argued, create "a situation in which the union, rather than the [National Labor Relations Board], is allowed to make bargaining unit decisions in any given case "

However, the union in a response said an NLRB regional director rightly decided that 164 maintenance workers at the VW plant constitute a bargaining unit.

UAW Local 42 lawyers said the maintenance workers are "an appropriate unit under Specialty Healthcare because they are readily identifiable as a group, share a community interest and do not share an overwhelming community of interest with production employees."