VW objects to maintenance worker union vote at Chattanooga plant

Volkswagen manufactures cars at its plant in Chattanooga.
photo Volkswagen manufactures cars at its plant in Chattanooga.

Volkswagen today said it objects to a proposed United Auto Workers election at its Chattanooga plant for just 164 maintenance workers.

In a statement leading up to a National Labor Relations Board hearing Tuesday in Chattanooga, the automaker said it's in favor of an election that would include all maintenance and production employees.

"While the company remains neutral in regards to our employees' right to representation and an election, we believe that the maintenance-only unit requested in the petition is not consistent with our one-team approach at Volkswagen Chattanooga, our production system and organization design, nor long-established NLRB law," the company said.

Last month, the UAW Local 42 sought a vote later this week for the maintenance, or skilled trades, workers.

In February 2014, the union lost a full vote of blue-collar workers at the plant by a margin of 712-626.

See more in Tuesday's Times Free Press.