The United Auto Workers Union has withdrawn its objections to the results of the in February’s representation election at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The union had narrowly lost a vote it fully expected to win and blamed the defeat on political interference by Republicans in Tennessee. Over the years, the UAW has lost a series of representation elections in the Southern United States, where aversion to unions is strong, so the defeat in Chattanooga came as a major setback to its so far unsuccessful bid to organize foreign-owned, so-called transplant, assembly lines.
The union decision to withdraw its protest to the National Labor Relations Board opens the door for the UAW to call for another election at the Chattanooga plant early next year. The union made it plain in its statement that it will continue its campaign to bring VW workers in Chattanooga into the UAW.