Election Logistics: Your Voice Your Vote

This page will be updated with new information daily in advance of the election.

We are pleased to announce that the NLRB has scheduled the election to take place June 12, 13, and 14.  Here are the details regarding the voting periods and location:

Date Time Location
June 12, 2019 (morning) 4:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Conference Center
June 12, 2019 (afternoon/evening) 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Conference Center
June 13, 2019 (morning) 4:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Conference Center
June 13, 2019 (afternoon/evening) 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Conference Center
June 14, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Conference Center

You may vote during any one of these time windows that is convenient for you, but you can only vote once.  There is no “absentee” voting, so if you wish to vote, you must do so in person.  The vote will be by secret ballot and the voting process will be supervised by the NLRB.  This means that no one will know how you vote.

There will be non-supervisory employees selected by the Company acting as observers.  There will also be an equal number of non-supervisory employees selected by the UAW, acting as observers.  After the last polling session closes on Friday, the votes will be counted by the NLRB.  The outcome will be decided by a majority of those eligible voters who actually vote in the election.

NLRB’s Rules and Regulations: https://www.nlrb.gov/how-we-work/national-labor-relations-act/rules-regulations

NLRB information for this election proceeding: https://www.nlrb.gov/case/10-RC-239234

Election FAQs

Do I have to vote at a specific time?

No, you can vote at any of the open voting times. Just simply go to the Conference Center. We will also have a rolling shutdown in the Plant so that you can vote at that time, if you wish.

Will I have an opportunity to vote during work time?

Yes, Volkswagen established a release schedule that will provide you with an opportunity to vote during your work time. Volkswagen will shut down different areas of the line and release all employees working in that area. Below is the release schedule:

Do I have to vote during the release time?

No. You can vote before or after your shift or come in on Friday. The important thing is that you vote.

What do I do if I’m on PTO during the voting sessions?

In order to vote, you must come to the Plant during the open voting times to cast your ballot. We know this is a hardship, but we encourage you to come in and vote.

If the UAW wins the election, can Volkswagen make any changes to my pay and benefits?

No, while a company and a union are negotiating, the company cannot unilaterally make any unscheduled changes to employee wages and benefits. That means if the union wins, in general, no changes take place until (and if) Volkswagen and the UAW reach an agreement.

If the UAW wins the election, will I be subject to its rules?

Yes, if you choose to join the UAW as a member you will be subject to its rules. The UAW has a constitution and by-laws that its members must abide by. If a member violates their rules, the UAW can fine the member.

Who is eligible to vote in the election?

You are eligible to vote if you were employed by VW at the Chattanooga plant as a full-time or regular part-time production or maintenance employee as of May 19, 2019, and are still employed as of the date you vote in the election.

Can I vote in the election if I didn’t sign an authorization card?

Yes. Any employee who meets the criteria outlined above is eligible to vote, even if the employee did not previously sign an authorization card.

Do I have to vote for the UAW if I signed an authorization card?

No. Just because you have signed an authorization card or petition in support of holding an election does not mean you must vote for UAW representation when the election is held. The election will be conducted by secret ballot, and no one will ever know how you voted.

Should I vote?

Yes! The election is determined by a majority of team members who come out and vote. If only 800 employees vote in the election, and the union receives 401 votes, the UAW would represent all of our 1700+ production and maintenance employees.

How is the vote conducted?

The voting will be conducted and supervised by agents of the National Labor Relations Board who will hand each eligible voter an official ballot that simply asks, “Do you wish to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining by the United Auto Workers?” The choices are “Yes” (if you want to be represented by the UAW) or “No” (if you do not). Every ballot is anonymous, and is filled out by employees in the secrecy of a voting booth and is deposited by the voter in an official NLRB box.

How do I complete my ballot?

There will be two boxes on the ballot – “Yes” and “No.” All you need to do is mark an “X” in the “Yes” box (if you wish to be represented by the UAW), or mark an “X” in the “No” box (if you do not).

Should I sign my name on my ballot?

No. The only mark on your ballot should be an “X” in the “Yes” box (if you want to be represented by the UAW), or “No” box (if you do not). If you sign your ballot, it will not be valid.

Will anyone other than the NLRB be present at the voting locations?

Yes. Both Volkswagen and the UAW may have non-supervisor employee observers at the voting locations to ensure the voting is fair, that only eligible voters are permitted to vote, and that the secrecy of the voting process is protected.

If I am sick or on vacation, will I be able to cast an absentee ballot?

No. Unfortunately, the NLRB does not permit absentee ballots. All votes must be cast in person at the assigned locations.

How will the election outcome be decided?

A simple majority of employees (50% plus one vote) who vote will decide if the whole group is in the union or not. The decision will bind all employees in the group, regardless of whether all employees voted or not. Your best opportunity to secure the outcome you want is to express your views and encourage your co-workers to do the same and, most importantly, be sure to cast your vote!

I want a union, but not the UAW. What should I do?

The only way to avoid being represented by the UAW is for you and a majority of the voting employees to vote “No.”

What happens if a majority of those voting select “NO”?

You will remain free to address compensation, benefits, and other workplace issues directly with your supervisor, Human Resources, and Volkswagen.

What happens if a majority of those voting select “YES”?

If, following resolution of any remaining legal issues, it is finally determined that the UAW is the exclusive bargaining representative for the over 1,700 employees in the unit, then Volkswagen and the UAW will bargain in good faith in an effort to reach a collective bargaining agreement. Any agreement requires the consent of both sides. The law does not require either party to agree to a proposal or require the making of a concession. The employer’s duty is to meet at reasonable times and negotiate in good faith.

If we vote “no” to the UAW, can we ever vote for a union again?

If the majority of employees vote “no,” another election can be held in one year.

If we vote the UAW and try it, and find we don’t like the UAW, can we decertify the union?

Not easily. It is a lot harder to decertify the union than it is to elect one. You can’t try out a union and easily change your mind if you decide you made a mistake. Most union constitutions, including the UAW’s, provide that any employee who attempts to remove the union will be subject to fines, suspension or expulsion. If employees vote the UAW in, they will probably be stuck with it for at least a year. After a union is voted in, even if 100% of the employees decide they don’t want it after all, the NLRB usually says that the union can stay for a year. It is possible that the UAW couldn’t be voted out for three years or more.