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Volkswagen Chattanooga plant decision: Secret ballot or union card check?

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Workers at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga may soon vote on whether to become members of the UAW. AP photo Workers at the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga may soon vote on whether to become members of the UAW. AP photo
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

A little-known change to Tennessee law could limit options for the United Auto Workers labor union, which is working to unionize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

The law, signed by Gov. Bill Haslam in June 2011, specifies secret ballot elections are the preferred way to designate support for a union, rather than the so-called "card check" method that requires organizers to simply get a signature on a piece of paper, according to State Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville.

Under such circumstance, no alternative means of designation shall be used in Tennessee as convincing evidence of employee majority support, the law says.

Green, the vice chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, is calling for VW to follow the rule to allow workers a secret ballot election that he says would offer the same privacy for each worker as a political election.

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