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, according to a news release from the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
The five workers filed the motion to intervene with free legal assistance from the foundation's attorneys.
Late last week UAW union officials filed the objections with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) after Chattanooga VW workers voted against representation by the UAW union.
According to the Right to Work Foundation, 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 and paid workers to attend pro-UAW captive audience meetings.
“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.”The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees who believe their human or civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses. The Foundation's web address is www.nrtw.org.