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VW workers ask NLRB to reject union complaint regarding lost election

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Five workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., have called on the National Labor Relations Board to reject the United Auto Workers' request that the board void an organizing election the union lost and order a new one.

In a motion filed Tuesday, the workers said the union's complaint was merely an attempt to eliminate election results they didn't like. The union lost its bid to represent the factory's 1,550 workers in a 712-626 vote on Feb. 14.

The election was unusual in that VW, under pressure from its German union, had tacitly endorsed the UAW's bid. It allowed union organizers into the factory while barring anti-union ones.

"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," said Mark Mix, president of the National Right To Work Foundation, which is representing the workers.

The UAW has said that the election was tainted by comments made by Republican lawmakers critical of the union and warning that unionization could result in the factory losing state financial incentives. Sen. Bob Corker., R-Tenn., said Tuesday that a ruling in the UAW's favor would muzzle GOP lawmakers.

Last month, the NLRB dismissed fraud complaints filed against the UAW regarding the union's organizing effort at the plant. The board found that while there was evidence "that a few of the individuals soliciting [union support] cards may have misrepresented the purpose of the cards and/or distributed ambiguous authorization cards" this was not sufficient cause to sanction the union.

Ironically, the UAW had opposed the workers being able to vote at all. It had called on VW to unionize the plant through the "card check" process instead.

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Sean Higgins

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The Washington Examiner