Labor and Employment Law Section

The section focuses on all traditional labor relations issues and matters arising in individual employment rights. A continuing legal education seminar on employment law issues is sponsored annually by the section, as is a regular newsletter.

Burnette, Dobson & Pinchak
711 Cherry Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Working Boomer Advocate
254 Court Avenue, Suite 212
Memphis, TN 38103
Immediate Past Chair
Fisher Phillips, LLP
1715 Aaron Brenner Drive, Suite 312
Memphis, TN 38120
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219

UAW Refiles for Union Vote at VW Chattanooga Plan

The same day the National Labor Relations Board dismissed a petition on a technicality in favor of Volkswagen, the United Auto Workers union refiled a new petition for a union election at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant, the Association Press reports. Although VW has claimed it is neutral to unionization, it has not engaged in bargaining with the UAW since the union won representation of maintenance workers at the plant in 2015. After years of no progress, the union asked the NLRB in April to allow a vote for a new bargaining unit, one that includes hourly workers, around 1,700 people. UAW still represented the smaller bargaining unit when filing the petition which lead to the NLRB’s petition dismissal; UAW no longer represents the smaller unit.

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Clarksville Company Pays Over $650K in Back Wages Following FLSA Violations

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found that Hankook Tire Manufacturing Tennessee LP violated overtime and record keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Leaf Chronicle reports. Investigators discovered that the company failed to pay employees overtime rates until they worked over 45 hours a week. Hankook has paid over $650,000 in back wages and damages to 136 employees and are conducting a review of their payroll system.  

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