The United Auto Workers have called a decision by the National Labor Relations Board allowing anti-UAW employees at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga the right to defend voting down unionization at the plant "an outrage."

You'll recall that the union was defeated by a vote of 712 to 626 in a contentious February election. The UAW claims the outcome was unfairly swayed by pro-business, anti-union forces, including Senator Bob Corker and political advocate Grover Norquist.

This new decision by the NLRB essentially gives workers backed by the anti-UAW National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and Southern Momentum a formal voice in the impending hearing on the UAW's appeal of the vote.

"It is an outrage that [the anti-UAW worker's] allies, who refused to reveal their funding sources and who openly republished the illicit threats in the media and among the Volkswagen workforce, will now be allowed to participate in the NLRB hearing," the UAW said in a statement. It alleges that both anti-UAW groups are "masquerading as legitimate worker representatives," despite strong ties to business interests.

The NLRB hearing hasn't officially been announced, although it's likely a sure thing, which Reuters attributes to Volkswagen's size and widely publicized vote. Perhaps as worrying to the UAW, though, is that if it wins the appeal, the anti-UAW workers could then muster their own appeal of the decision. According to Automotive News, if this were the case, the appeal process would move from the NLRB's regional office in Atlanta, which will likely handle the UAW's appeal, to the full five-member board in Washington.

With both sides now holding the power to appeal, it's very unlikely that we've heard the last from either side on this vote.
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NLRB wrong to allow right-wing groups to intervene in VW vote

03/12/14
DETROIT --The UAW released the following statement in reaction to the NLRB ruling to let outside-funded groups participate in the hearing regarding the interference of state and federal politicians in the UAW election at Volkswagen in Chattanooga:

"It is an outrage that the Atlanta Region of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), deviating from the board's own practice, is allowing groups with shadowy funding that are masquerading as legitimate worker representatives to participate in the process to determine whether the UAW election at Volkswagen was tainted by state and federal politicians' threats of retaliation against workers if they exercised their right to choose UAW representation.

"Politicians subjected Volkswagen workers to a two-week barrage of anti-UAW propaganda, outright lies, distortions, and threats about the viability of their plant. It is an outrage that their allies, who refused to reveal their funding sources and who openly republished the illicit threats in the media and among the Volkswagen workforce, will now be allowed to participate in the NLRB hearing. They have mocked the NLRB process and have denigrated workers who are demanding that the federal government enforce their right to have an election free from outside interference.

"One of these groups, 'Southern Momentum' – an ally of outside groups like Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform and the National Right-to-Work Legal Defense Foundation – claims to be an organic group of Volkswagen workers who came together of their own accord to participate in the election campaign. Instead, Southern Momentum, registered at a management law firm, disclosed after the election that in two weeks, it raised "funding in the low six figures" from "businesses and individuals" rather than Volkswagen workers, according to Reuters news service.

"With this secret business funding, this "grassroots" organization also hired one of the nation's largest anti-union firms, Projections, to create propaganda for their anti-union campaign. Southern Momentum neglected to publicly disclose these facts during the election campaign."

Of Southern Momentum, the UAW reiterated, "Its money speaks louder than its words, but it does not speak for Volkswagen Chattanooga workers."

The UAW plans to appeal the NLRB Region 10 ruling to full NLRB.


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      sstowes
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is getting absurd.
      Neez
      • 9 Months Ago
      hahaha, the Irony of the UAW upset that someone else comes into their place, and starts handing out flyers and talking about organizing against them. The irony, oh the irony.
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 9 Months Ago
      Communists only consider an election valid when "they" win.
      Love Great Danes
      • 9 Months Ago
      You don't play nice, so I am taking my ball and going home!
      knightrider_6
      • 9 Months Ago
      UAW is fighting a lost cause. Just like you can't create democracy in Afghanistan, you can't save middle class in these backward southern states.
        Chris
        • 9 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Yeah, it needs to be more like all of the "forward thinking" rust belt states, and all of their brown fields and all of their urban areas' ever shrinking tax bases. /s
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 9 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        So hows that Detroit working out for you?
        Pj Taintz
        • 9 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        I didnt know Michigan was in the south
      Jake
      • 9 Months Ago
      The UAW doesn't like it when others get to have a voice in the discussion?
        Bexly
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Jake
        I think they didn't like that an elected representative flat out lied to the workers, and that that lie might end up hurting the workers. And now I have to say I am not in any way on the side of the UAW, because saying anything pro-union on this site makes you a commie fascist liberal muslim idiot.
      SeadogMillionaire
      • 9 Months Ago
      Republikans - specifically Senator Bob Corker and political advocate Grover Norquist.- of course believe that the Government should be involved win EVERYTHING !!! So they used typical Republikan Government scare tactics to "suggest" that if the plant went Union, Volkswagen may pull out. In fact, the opposite is true, and Volkswagen has now stated they would have preferred a Union backed labor force. Republikans tell workers whether they should Unionize or not, whether a woman can choose, who a person has sex with (but note that does NOT apply to them), and who will pay taxes and who will not. Time to tell the Republikans ... KEEP THE GOVERNMENT OUT OF OUR LIVES !!!!
        Jeremiah R.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @SeadogMillionaire
        I agree, Labor Unions shouldn't be involved in politics either, but they are. Politics out of unions, and unions out of politics, you can't have it one way without the other, and that's what the NLRB is saying.
      Michael Brown
      • 9 Months Ago
      without unions we will see our wages go down even further, dont be stupid america, the right to work states, are also the states that have lower average wages, and have more poverty on average, RIGHT TO WORK, REALLY MEANS RIGHT TO WORK FOR LESS, UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL, REMEMBER THAT?????
      Gerald Michael
      • 9 Months Ago
      Unions make the best crybabies
      Ross
      • 9 Months Ago
      The UAW wanted a trial where only the prosecution got to show up, now they get uppity when the defense is allowed to participate.
      Chris
      • 9 Months Ago
      Watching this whole thing play out just proves right the old adage that if you give someone enough rope, they'll hang themselves. At the end of the day, the UAW is just butt hurt because they're not going to be getting any more dues, and that's what this is really about. They're like the mafia.
      Oscar
      • 9 Months Ago
      So, the pro-UAW side not only desires to deny the workers' right to decide for themselves if the UAW should represent them or not, the also want to deny the workers' right to speak for themselves at the hearings. Which of the workers' other rights does the pro-UAW side wish to violate?
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