As a nasty winter storm rolls through the Southeast, another one is coming to a climax in Chattanooga, Tenn.
It involves workers at the the city's Volkswagen plant and whether they will elect to join the United Auto Workers union.
More than 1,500 hourly wage workers at Volkswagen Chattanooga will vote on the question via secret ballot Wednesday through Friday night. The National Labor Relations Board is conducting the vote and will be in charge of deciding when to release the results, which will most likely come this weekend.
It's the closest the UAW has come to organizing an auto plant for a foreign brand in 27 years, following many failed attempts.
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"I think we could well see a unionized Volkswagen, a successful Volkswagen, and if that is the case I think you will be looking at workers and perhaps even firms at other automakers in the South perhaps moving down this road," said Harley Shaiken, a professor of labor relations at the University of California, Berkeley.
Workers supportive of the UAW say they believe it would give their plant a greater say in plans involving Volkswagen.