National Labor Relations Board puts union election on hold at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant

The Volkswagen logo is seen on an Atlas at Village Volkswagen on Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd purchased the first Chattanooga-made Atlas. / Staff photo by Doug Strickland

The National Labor Relations Board on Friday put on hold a case involving a potential new union election at Volkswagen's Chattanooga production plant.

The NLRB, in a short decision, granted Volkswagen's request for a stay, though it's unknown how long the case will be put on hold.

"The Employer's request to stay all proceedings is granted," said the NLRB ruling.

The decision by the board was 2 to 1 as one member dissented, saying VW did not establish that such extraordinary relief should be granted.

Last month, a Volkswagen lawyer sought to strike down the United Auto Workers' request for a new union election at the Chattanooga plant.

"Volkswagen is not opposed to union elections as its history indicates," said VW attorney Arthur Carter in a legal brief to the NLRB. "It does believe, however, that unions and governmental agencies should follow proper legal procedures in conducting elections."

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