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United Auto Workers Wins Union Vote at Volkswagen's Tennessee Plant

Volkswagen objected to the vote, arguing that all 1,400 workers should have a say over union questions instead of just 162 skilled-trade workers.
Image: A general view of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga in this file photo
A general view of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga,Tennessee in this file photo from February 14, 2014. CHRISTOPHER ALUKA BERRY / Reuters

The United Auto Workers has won a union vote among skilled-trades workers at Volkswagen's lone U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee.

The workers who specialize in repairing and maintaining machinery and robots at the German automaker's factory in Chattanooga voted 108-44 to have the UAW negotiate collective bargaining agreements on their behalf.

The vote comes nearly 20 months after the union was narrowly defeated in an election involving all hourly employees at the plant.

Volkswagen objected to the new vote for the UAW to represent just the 162 skilled-trades workers, arguing that all 1,400 blue-collar workers should have a say over union questions.