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NLRB Agrees to Allow VW Workers to Intervene to Defend Union Election Results

Foundation staff attorneys help employees defend their secret-ballot vote to keep the UAW out of their workplace

Springfield, VA (March 10, 2014) – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has just granted a motion to intervene filed by five Volkswagen employees in the United Auto Worker union’s legal challenge to the outcome of the recent unionization election at VW’s Chattanooga plant. All five employees are receiving free legal assistance from the National Right to Work Foundation.

Patrick Semmens, Vice President of the National Right to Work Foundation, issued the following statement:

“We are very pleased that, despite attempts by Volkswagen and UAW officials to keep workers out of this process, the acting Regional Director has ruled that the workers are entitled to defend their vote to keep the UAW out of their workplace. The decision over whether or not to unionize is supposed to lie with the workers, which makes the attempt by VW and the UAW to shut them out of this process all the more shameful.”

Foundation staff attorneys earlier helped several VW workers file charges citing improprieties in the UAW's unionization campaign in Chattanooga, including union attempts to get workers to sign union authorization cards through coercion and misrepresentation and the UAW’s use of cards signed too long ago to be legally valid. Some of those workers also filed a federal charge against Volkswagen after company officials made comments linking unionization to increased production at the Chattanooga facility.

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses. The Foundation, which can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-336-3600, is assisting thousands of employees in over 200 cases nationwide.

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