Chicago partner Stephanie Dodge Gournis was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article titled “Punching In: Volkswagen Fixin’ for a Union Election Fight?” The article discusses the upcoming union election at the company’s Tennessee plant, as Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers prepared to go before an administrative law judge in a hearing.
Stephanie noted that an Obama-era National Labor Relations Board rule designed to streamline union elections largely limits what Volkswagen can do either to push back an election date or litigate unit composition prior to a vote. But as Stephanie noted in the article, there are some things a company can do to expand the pool of workers who actually cast votes. The more workers that participate in an election, the better the chances are for those opposing the union in most cases.
“What we have seen so far under the ‘quickie’ election rule is that there’s not much room to push back the date,” Stephanie said. “So, you want to maximize the number of people that come out to vote.”