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.
Foundation staff attorneys earlier helped several VW workers file charges citing improprieties in the UAW's unionization campaign, including getting workers to sign union authorization cards by coercion and misrepresentation and using cards signed too long ago to be legally valid. Some of those workers also filed a federal charge against the company after German VW officials made comments linking unionization to more production for the facility.
Just days after the NLRB dismissed the workers' charges, the NLRB approved a rapid-fire unionization election. On January 27, VW and the UAW struck a backroom "neutrality" deal that called for the election after just nine days, provided UAW union operatives with nearly unfettered access to the facility, paid workers to attend pro-UAW captive audience meetings, and required company management to "align" their public statements with union officials.
"Based on Volkswagen management's actions leading up to this point, these workers are concerned that VW will not actively defend their vote to remain free from union boss control," said Mark Mix, President of the National Right to Work Foundation. "That's why these workers have filed a motion to intervene with the help of National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys."
Mix continued: "The NLRB should immediately grant the employees' motion to intervene in the election certification process to ensure that one party to the process is fully invested in upholding the election results. Otherwise, UAW officials with the approval of VW and a pro-union NLRB will be able to continually throw out election results until they get the result they want."