VW Chattanooga union vote could happen within weeks

The UAW logo is displayed on the podium at a news conference in July.

A new union election could be set Nov. 12 and 13 or Nov. 19 and 20 for 164 maintenance workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant if a United Auto Workers petition receives National Labor Relations Board approval.

The new dates were unveiled toward the end of a nearly two-day hearing on the UAW election petition which was filed last month with the NLRB.

The original election was proposed for this Thursday and Friday, but Volkswagen said that it favors a full vote by all maintenance and production employees at the plant, which would push the number of potential voters to more than 1,400.

The UAW in February 2014 lost a vote of blue-collar workers at the plant by a margin of 712 to 626.

The NLRB hearing officer said it could be three to five days before a decision is made on the UAW's petition, which VW has asked to be dismissed.

Last month, the UAW asked the NLRB to approve another election so it could represent the maintenance, or skilled trades, employees for collective bargaining purposes.

See more in Thursday's Times Free Press.