With General Motors moving closer to the launch of its new Chevrolet Volt, workers at the the company’s new battery plant outside Detroit have opted to become members of the United Auto Workers.
Officials from both the UAW and GM said workers at the battery plant have voted to join the union via a “card-check” vote under a procedure approved by the company and the union during contract negotiations in 2007.
In recent months, UAW militants had criticized the union for allowing the plant to operate without union representation.
The card-check procedure, by eliminating the need for an election supervised by the National Labor Relations Board, makes it easier for the union to sign up new members. It also requires GM not to resist the UAW’s unionization drives among production workers.