DETROIT -- Volkswagen Group of America and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union said hourly workers at VW's U.S. plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will hold an election Feb. 12-14 to determine if the union could represent workers there.
The National Labor Relations Board set the election after Volkswagen Group of America and the UAW reached an agreement, the union and the automaker said on Monday in separate press releases.
"Volkswagen is known globally for its system of cooperation with unions and works councils," UAW President Bob King said in a statement. "The UAW seeks to partner with VWGOA and a works council to set a new standard in the U.S. for innovative labor-management relations that benefits the company, the entire workforce, shareholders and the community.
"The historic success of the works council model is in line with the UAW's successful partnerships with the domestic automakers and its vision of the 21st century union."
VW, in its statement, emphasized its neutrality -- and that the vote is by secret ballot.