Court sends VW Chattanooga case back to labor board

A Volkswagen employee wipes down the sides of cars as they pass her on the assembly line at the Volkswagen Assembly Plant Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

A federal appeals court Tuesday agreed to return a case to the National Labor Relations Board for the labor panel's reconsideration involving a micro-union at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said the case should be sent back to the NLRB in the wake of the labor panel's recent ruling to reverse an Obama-era decision to permit micro-unions made up of small groups of company workers.

The Republican-majority NLRB earlier this month overruled a standard set in a 2011 case involving Specialty Healthcare that supported micro-unions, which make it easier to unionize companies.

VW and UAW timeline

› February 2014: Volkswagen Chattanooga plant workers vote on the question of aligning with the United Auto Workers, but union loses by a margin of 712 to 626› July: UAW establishes Local 42 in Chattanooga› December 2015: VW skilled trades employees at plant vote 108 to 44 to designate the local as their bargaining representative; VW refuses to come to bargaining table› April 2016: National Labor Relations Board denies VW’s request for a review of December election.