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Volkswagen workers join other foreign companies in US and reject union

Christian Fernsby ▼ | June 18, 2019
Workers in Volkswagen AG's only factory in the U.S. have voted against forming a factory-wide union, dealing yet another blow to efforts by the United Auto Workers union to organize plants owned by foreign automakers.
Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee
European economies   Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee
According to preliminary results announced on Friday, 833 workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, reportedly voted against union representation, while 776 voted in favor.

According to the German automotive giant, about 93 percent of the nearly 1,700 eligible workers at the plant took part in the vote, which was the second in five years. The Volkswagen plant currently produces the Altas and the Passat.

Frank Fischer, President and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, said the results are pending certification by the National Labor Relations Board.

UAW is grappling with falling membership in the U.S. auto industry amid plant closures, automation and the emergence of foreign automakers in the U.S.

To offset the declining membership, the union has been trying to gain a foothold in factories owned by foreign automakers. None of the 31 plants in the U.S. owned by foreign automakers such as Volkswagen, Mercedez-Benz, Toyota and Nissan have ever been unionized.