The UAW says it has signed up the majority of employees at Volkswagen Group's Tennessee plant, teeing up a high-stakes test of the union’s ability to expand its ranks following its record Detroit contract wins.
In November, the UAW announced an audacious effort to organize 13 automakers’ non-union plants, including Toyota Motor Corp., Tesla Inc., and Nissan Motor Co. facilities. The union, which represents around 265,000 automaker or auto parts employees, is aiming to organize around 150,000 more workers at those 13 firms.
“We respect our workers' right to decide the question of union representation," a spokesperson for the automaker said in an emailed statement to Automotive News. "And we remain committed to providing accurate information that helps inform them of their rights and choices.”