The United Auto Workers, while pushing for a plant-wide vote at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant, said it is pulling back from representing a unit of maintenance workers.
The UAW lost a factorywide vote in 2014, but won the right the next year to represent saome 160 maintenance workers.
However, the UAW said it has not been able to bargain for the workers with plant officials.
UAW officials said the move was aimed at “clearing the way for a speedy election.”
A UAW officials said, “Volkswagen said they have opposed bargaining because they want to bargain with all maintenance and production workers and that is what we have done.
Chattanooga workers deserve to have the same rights as every VW worker in the world. So we are breaking the legal stalemate. Let Chattanooga workers vote.”
The National Labor Relations Board has set a hearing on the issue for Tuesday.