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Volkswagen workers in Tennessee vote to join the UAW in a historic win for the union

Volkswagen workers in Tennessee vote to join the UAW in a historic win for the union

Kelsey Smith displays UAW buttons in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 10, 2024.

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Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted overwhelmingly to join the UAW — marking a major milestone for the union and the first successful organizing campaign for an automaker outside of Detroit's Big Three.

The union organization passed with 73% of the vote, or 2,628 workers, in support of the UAW, according to the National Labor Relations Board, which oversaw the election. Nearly 3,620, or about 84%, of the 4,326 eligible Volkswagen workers voted in the election, the NLRB said. Seven ballots were challenged and three others were invalidated.