According to disclosure forms filed with the U.S. Department of Labor, the United Auto Workers (UAW) has gathered union authorization cards from 816 employees working at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant. The Associated Press is reporting that this amounts to about 55% support, which is a huge milestone considering that the UAW lost an unopposed representation election at the exact same factory in February 2014.
Despite losing the election a little over a year ago, the UAW’s efforts to organize VW’s Chattanooga plant have continued apace. Last year, the union created a Local in order to educate employees about the benefits of collective bargaining and to “forward their mission.” And as evidenced by their current holding of majority support, their plan seems to be working.
In what could be a further boon for the UAW’s organizing efforts, VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech recently resigned his position after butting heads with the company’s CEO. Berthold Huber, a past supporter of the UAW’s efforts to organize the Chattanooga facility, has been named interim chairman in Piech’s place.