Following a closely watched representation election at an automotive assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the United Auto Workers (“UAW”), the union seeking to represent employees at the facility that suffered a stinging defeat in the election, has filed novel objections to the election with the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”). The objections raise interesting and timely concerns that may prove to become repeat issues in the ever-evolving social, political and technological fabric of the American worksite.
On February 14, 2014, employees at the Chattanooga facility voted, by a count of 713-626, against representation by the UAW. Seven days later, the union complained that improper conduct interfered with and affected the election results, and filed objections with the Board seeking to overturn the election result and forcing a new vote. Just as the election itself drew close attention because of its national significance for businesses and organized labor, the UAW’s objections will also likely draw close attention because of the novel and significant issues they raise and the political battle that has brewed over this organizing campaign. Continue reading this entry