Friday, February 21 2014, 05:52 PM EST
UAW Formally Appeals Volkswagen Vote
The UAW has formally appealed the vote by Volkswagen employees that went against the auto makers union.
The UAW filed the appeal with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), noting "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups" in the union representation election held last week at Volkswagen.
After three days of voting, workers narrowly rejected UAW representation. A UAW news release said the union's objection's filed with the NLRB "detail a coordinated and widely publicized coercive campaign conducted by politicians and outside organizations to deprive Volkswagen workers of their federally protected right to join a union."
The objections specifically note comments by U.S. Senator Bob Corker, saying "Senator Corker’s conduct was shameful and undertaken with utter disregard for the rights of the citizens of Tennessee and surrounding states that work at Volkswagen."
In an e-mailed statement, Sen. Corker responded, “The workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant spoke very clearly last week, so we are disappointed the UAW is ignoring their decision and has filed this objection. Unfortunately, I have to assume that today's action may slow down Volkswagen’s final discussions on the new SUV line,” said Corker. “This complaint affirms the point many of us have been making: that the UAW is only interested in its own survival and not the interests of the great employees at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen facility nor the company for which they work.”
Senator Lamar Alexander also weighed in, saying in a written statement, “Labor laws are written to allow employees to decide whether they want a union, not to ensure that unions win. For thirty years, tens of thousands of new auto jobs have raised Tennessee family incomes and our workers have decided in almost every case that they are better off union-free. The UAW may not like this, but that is the right of employees in a right-to-work state like Tennessee.”
The NLRB will investigate the election conduct and determine whether there are grounds to set aside the election results and hold a new election for Volkswagen workers.