The United Auto Workers is in hot water with some of the very workers it is trying to unionize at Volkswagen's Chattanooga assembly plant. According to The Tennessean, eight Volkswagen factory workers have filed complaints against the UAW with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming the union "misled or coerced" them into formally asking for union representation.

The UAW has instituted a major push at the Chattanooga plant to represent the 2,500 hourly laborers that build the VW Passat by using what's called a card-check process. The tactic is opposed by the National Right to Work Legal Defense foundation, the group representing the workers. The card-check process demands that a company recognize a union that obtains the signatures of more than half its workforce, according to The Tennessean. This tactic is in contrast to the more traditional route, which sees employees vote on union representation.

The workers filing the complaint claim that the UAW told them the cards merely called for a secret ballot, rather than an outright demand for union representation. Workers also allege that the UAW has made it overly difficult to reclaim their signed cards, some of which were signed so long ago that they have been rendered invalid. Although the cards can force a company's hand, federal law still allows the company to ask for a secret ballot before yielding to unionized workers.


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      Brian Workman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Today there are Laws that protect employee's from abuse by Employers and a Union isn't needed. Employee's can band together with out a Unions help. Unions are old hat, from the days of the depression. Unions are only after the members money! Just like the phony Green Organizations do!!
      Toby
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a retired 14 year member of the UAW, I speak from experience. I would not be surprised if the Union lied to the workers about what the cards meant. The UAW does not care about the workers, it only cares about the Union. The Union is a business and it only cares about money. The Union treated me much worse than Ford did and I will forever do all I can to expose the Union for what it is. There is nothing good about the UAW.
      debwomynswomyn
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unions need to go away....
      cboowillie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unions???? Forget them....they are out for themselves and $$$$$
      Rodney Vogt
      • 1 Year Ago
      sure they have to lie and trick them into it, who in their mind would want to pay a millionaire for the right to have a job
        awpaguy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rodney Vogt
        Looks like the union thugs are still up to their same old tricks. When are workers going to realize that unions have been worthless for the last 50+ years? Worthless to the workers that is, they still make the thugs in charge wealthy.
          riveracj2
          • 1 Year Ago
          @awpaguy
          tell that to people who work more than 50 hrs per week and still qualify for food stamps. Unions have a bad rep until you need one awpaguy. There has been an errosion in livable wage earning and it's undermining what every business in the country needs...consumers.If you don't earn that much you ain't spending that much. and we all know businesses want those dollars coming their way.
        redwingirish
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rodney Vogt
        After 8 years of BUSHY-BOY and almost 8 of Obummer, MANY would pay to have a decent job!
      jhl385
      • 1 Year Ago
      It only takes a few employees to make a complaint, so it's hard to tell how many are pissed off. That said, being a retired union member the last thing you should do while trying to recruit members is to lie to them. It IS true that usually it's the company intimidating employees and making threats about closing the doors if they become union. It's a shame that many unions are dishonest and tell employees to stop co-operating with their employers. After all, who signs that paycheck?
      nsheats
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sorry, I guess I was wrong in thinking that unions had changed enough to gain a respectable place in the business community. Still up to their old tricks.
      dutchmo44
      • 1 Year Ago
      it all depends on the company! i'm 70 years old and best job I ever had in my lifetime was NON-UNION! later, I moved on to another job because I moved from the area and it was union. rep did nothing for us and we eventually dropped the union (it was a right to work state). I paid in .50 and hour for nearly four years and got absolutely nothing back because I had to be "vested" for five years! what a rip-off!!
      jtamayo779
      • 1 Year Ago
      Union doing what it does best, lie and coerce.
      darrthom
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is nothing new about this. The UAW tried everything they could for years to unionize the Nissan plant in Tennessee. Dirty tricks, threats,muscle, etc., all to no avail. Those workers knew when they were well off.
      demigoff1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Where there is money there is coruption.
      joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unions are not up to date on the Americans with Disabilities Act. My discrimination involved that law. The union was happy just to get an apology for calling me cripple and denying me a job that I was qualified for. An apology was never given either. I had to go outside the union and personally bring it to court. My dues were a waste of money
        millstv8
        • 1 Year Ago
        @joe
        The Americans with Disabilities Act is a LAW. To enforce a law you use the legal system. You could have filed charges with any number of government agencys. Your union could have directed you to the correct entities I suppose but not knowing exactly what your situation was it is hard to make an informed comment on your case other than to wonder why you did not use the legal system. If someone had robbed you in the parking lot at work would you have gone to the union or the police?
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