New York, NY, United States (4E) – The United Auto Workers Union (UAW) announced on Monday that it is giving up its challenge for a revote by workers at Volkswagen AG’s only U.S. plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., a surprising move that puts the future of the union in question.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was scheduled to hold a hearing on Monday to discuss UAW’s complaint that Republican politicians made an improper interference before the Feb. 14 vote where the union lost 712 to 626.
The UAW issued a statement on Monday saying it was withdrawing its appeal because disputing the election through the NLRB could take many years to resolve.
UAW President Bob King said the UAW is ready to put behind February’s election — the board’s only available remedy under current law — which he described as tainted.
The union said nothing would stop anti-union organizations and politicians from again interfering with the vote even if the NLRB ordered a new election.
UAW representation has currently been limited to Detroit automakers General Motors, Ford Motor and Chrysler Group, as well as their suppliers. Membership at UAW has been reduced due to plant closings over the last 15 years.
Asian and European automakers have opened over 30 plants in the U.S., and over two-thirds of those factories are based in the South.