Volkswagen files appeal for NLRB ruling

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Volkswagen filed an appeal in response to a National Labor Relations Board order demanding Volkswagen engage in bargaining with the United Auto Workers.

The National Labor Relations Board ordered Volkswagen to engage in bargaining with a small group of skilled trade workers who voted to be represented by the United Auto Workers union.

The unanimous order said Volkswagen’s rejection of an earlier ruling in favor of the UAW “constitutes an unlawful failure and refusal to recognize and bargain.”

About 160 skilled-trades workers voted last year to be represented by the union.

Volkswagen issued this statement in response:

“As always, Volkswagen respects the right of all of our employees to decide the question of union representation. This is why we disagree with the decision to separate Volkswagen maintenance and production workers and will continue our effort to allow everyone to vote as one group on the matter of union representation.

We are disappointed that the NLRB declined to fully evaluate this important question. Therefore, Volkswagen has now filed an appeal to have this issue reviewed by the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.”

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel says the order shows Volkswagen has been “operating in violation of federal law by refusing to come to the bargaining table.”

The plant employs nearly 2400 employees, 1400 of which are production workers.

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