Last month, the United Auto Workers established a local chapter for workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant. This month, opponents of the UAW are working on establishing their own union chapter.
According to Reuters, opponents are creating the first chapter of American Council of Employees, which will allow hourly and salary workers to join. Mike Burton, a key player in defeating the UAW's efforts to represent hourly workers in Chattanooga, is leading the efforts in creating this new union. He tells Reuters that since the UAW lost, more workers have come over to the UAW's side. The hope with this new union is that it will force Volkswagen to hold another vote to decide which union employees want.
Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW, told Reuters that he doesn't think the new union will succeed due to Volkswagen already recognizing the local chapter. Also helping matters is that the chapter has "substantially more than 700 members" at the plant that employs 1500 hourly workers. Burton only has 108 signatures.