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Chattanooga Volkswagen Workers File Federal Suit to Block Further Company and UAW Collusion

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Chattanooga Volkswagen Workers File Federal Suit to Block Further Company and UAW Collusion

Workers rely on Foundation-won precedent establishing that union demands for organizing assistance can violate federal labor law

Washington, DC (March 13, 2014) – Employees at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee facility have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block further collusion between the company and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union should the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) order a new unionization election at VW's Chattanooga plant.

With free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, the workers filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

After losing last month's unionization election, UAW union officials filed objections with the NLRB seeking to overturn the election results. Five VW workers represented by Right to Work Foundation attorneys then successfully moved to intervene in the UAW's challenge of the election results.

The new suit relies on Foundation-won precedent upheld by a federal appeals court that a Florida casino company's assistance to union officials during a card check unionization campaign could constitute "thing[s] of value" under the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA).

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Volkswagen Workers File Motion to Defend Against UAW Union Boss NLRB Election Objections

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Volkswagen Workers File Motion to Defend Against UAW Union Boss NLRB Election Objections

UAW union bosses lost secret-ballot unionization election, but Volkswagen appears unwilling to defend workers' rejection of the UAW

Washington, DC (February 25, 2014) – Five Chattanooga, Tennessee Volkswagen workers have filed a motion to intervene after the United Auto Workers (UAW) union filed objections to an election in which workers at VW's Chattanooga facility voted against unionization.

The five workers filed the motion to intervene with free legal assistance from National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys.

Late last week, UAW union officials filed the objections with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after Chattanooga VW workers voted against giving the UAW union hierarchy monopoly bargaining control over the plant via a rapid-fire unionization election.

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TV Report: California Civil Servants Challenge SEIU Dues Scheme

A news report highlights the a recent case filed by Foundation staff attorneys on behalf of a group of California Civil Servants against SEIU Local 1000:




More Questions Raised Regarding NLRB's Conduct in UAW/Volkswagen Unionization Case

Today, an article on RealClearMarkets raises more questions regarding the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) conduct in the United Autoworker (UAW) union boss push to gain monopoly power over Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee:

What is unusual about this election for United Auto Workers representation?...

The speedy election was coordinated with the National Labor Relations Board, which was unusually cooperative in approving the election petition. Although the election was only nine days away, the board immediately agreed to set up an election during a three-day period. The NLRB must organize and supervise the election, and count the ballots. How odd that on February 3 the Board had time available from February 12 to 14 to do this, a big favor for the United Auto Workers.

Former NLRB board member John N. Raudabaugh, now a law professor, told me, "I have never seen such a quick election."

As you may recall, National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys are assisting several workers who challenged the UAW's and VW's coercive unionization tactics at the Chattanooga VW facility. After a three month investigation, the NLRB's Division of Advice issued two memos instructing the NLRB Regional Director in Atlanta to dismiss the workers' charges.

Moreover, NLRB staff in Washington, DC, hurriedly released the Division's instructions to members of the press and did not release the memos to the workers' Foundation staff attorneys.

A leaked email shows that the Regional Director in Atlanta questioned the propriety of the memos' release to the media, contrary to longstanding NLRB practice.

Foundation attorneys are concerned that the NLRB's hurried public release of memos favorable to VW and the UAW right before a high-profile election, and its approval of a quick-snap election within hours of VW requesting one, calls into question the agency's impartiality in the workers' cases.

Foundation staff attorneys have requested an official inquiry into the NLRB's conduct in the case, and also filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the NLRB seeking full disclosure regarding the agency's handling of the case and its contacts with UAW agents.

The NLRB's actions in this case continue to raise questions about its impartiality going forward.

Worker Advocate Reacts to Volkswagen's Request for NLRB Union Election

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Worker Advocate Reacts to Volkswagen's Request for NLRB Union Election

Unionization election reportedly scheduled for February 12

Washington, DC (February 3, 2014) – Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation, issued the following statement after the announcement today that Volkswagen America has petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a rapid-fire United Auto Workers (UAW) unionization election in its Chattanooga plant:

"We're pleased that despite constant calls by UAW officials to be recognized as the workers' monopoly bargaining representative via card check recognition, Volkswagen workers will instead be given a chance to vote on the matter in a secret-ballot election. A secret-ballot election is what Foundation-assisted workers were asking for all along.

"However, we are concerned about the existence of backroom deals cut between Volkswagen and UAW officials giving union organizers preferential access to the workers leading up to the election. We call on VW to give workers opposing the union equal access and also to release any agreements it has signed regarding what would happen if the UAW union takes monopoly bargaining power over the workplace, including agreements to impose a so-called works council on the employees.

"VW workers should be given all the facts before the election so that they can make an informed choice, and we will oppose efforts to stampede them or tilt the playing field."

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Local Transit Worker Wins Federal Settlement After Union Officials Misled and Ignored Worker to Pocket Extra Union Dues

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Local Transit Worker Wins Federal Settlement After Union Officials Misled and Ignored Worker to Pocket Extra Union Dues

Union officials refused to acknowledge worker's request to exercise right to refrain from union dues payments

Mesa, AZ (January 30, 2014) – With the help of National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a local transit worker has won a federal settlement after union officials violated his right to refrain from paying union dues or fees.

David Azbell worked as a bus driver for Veolia Transportation and then for First Transit, which took over Veolia Transportation's contract with the city. In June 2013, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1433 union officials were considering calling a strike against the new company to pressure company management into entering a monopoly bargaining agreement with the union.

Unsatisfied with the ATU Local 1433 union officials' so-called "representation," Azbell hand-delivered a letter to a union official stating that under Arizona's Right to Work law he was resigning his union membership and refraining from paying union dues. When Azbell submitted his letter of resignation, the union official told him that the union hierarchy would still continue to take union dues from his paychecks.

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