Volkswagen, United Auto Workers tangle over Chattanooga plant election questions before new vote

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.

Lawyers for Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers are making new charges and counter-charges related to another possible union vote at the VW Chattanooga factory.

The union is asking that at a planned National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chattanooga today that a new union vote be set at the plant.

"Volkswagen has concocted a captious last-minute challenge," said UAW attorney Michael Schoenfeld in a filing to the NLRB in response to a VW request. "Its desperation is evident, as there is no well-founded reason to not proceed to election."

VW wants to block UAW Local 42 in Chattanooga from disclaiming an earlier vote at the plant in order to hold a new election. The company also seeks to quash efforts by the union to gather personnel information on plant workers and the factory's future plans.

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