VW’s 1,500 U.S. workers vote next week on whether to join UAW. The result will have big implications for the U.S. auto industry as a whole.
UAW win would turbocharge efforts to unionize other foreign-owned factories, and turn around a decline in membership that’s lasted decades. But a loss could deal a blow to all UAW members.
- Secret-ballot election being conducted by Nat’l Labor Relations Board
- Election scheduled for Feb. 12–14 at VW plant in Chattanooga
- First time in 13 years UAW has aimed to represent workers at a foreign-owned factory
- Win could raise wages at other non-union plants
- But a loss could be damaging for UAW members at Detroit Three
Current Detroit Three contracts with UAW expire in 2015