Volkswagen, labor union clash over request involving Chattanooga plant

Volkswagen employees perform checks as vehicles move down the assembly line at the Volkswagen Assembly Plant Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Each vehicle goes through variety of inspections before reaching the end of the assembly line.
photo UAW President Dennis Williams speaks during a news conference in 2014 in Chattanooga to announce the formation of a new UAW local for Volkswagen workers.

Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers are clashing over a request by a federal labor panel to reconsider an earlier decision in which it endorsed a micro-union at the Chattanooga auto plant.

VW, which has balked at bargaining with the UAW micro-unit, has backed the National Labor Relations Board request that a U.S. appeals court return a case involving the issue to the NLRB.

But the head of UAW Local 42 at the plant said Thursday the union "cannot and will not go backward to undo the results of a free and fair election."

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