The US National Labor Relations Board has certified the results of the election in which Volkswagen Chattanooga employees voted for representation by the United Auto Workers.

In a joint statement, UAW and automaker said: “Volkswagen and union workers around the world have a long history of successfully building vehicles together, and we are jointly committed to a strong and successful future at Volkswagen Chattanooga with the UAW.

“We share many common goals: providing a positive working environment where employees are well compensated for their hard work building quality vehicles and share in the company’s success.

“Both sides are now focused on collective bargaining and entering negotiations in the spirit of working together to reach a fair agreement and build world-class automobiles together.”