The fight for unionization at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, TN, factory isn't letting up. Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board decided to allow anti-United Auto Workers employees at the plant the right to defend voting down the measure. Now, a group called the National Right to Work Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of five workers against VW and the UAW for allegedly working together to organize.

The group says in a release that it wants "to block further collusion between the company and the United Auto Workers." It alleges that VW forced workers to attend "mandatory pro-union meetings" and prevented managers from opposing. In a rebuttal on its website, the UAW called the claims "baseless" and said its actions were entirely legal.

One possible problem faces the carmaker in regards to the lawsuit. According to the Detroit Free Press, a recent US Court of Appeals ruling found that neutrality agreements like the one the business had with the UAW could be illegal if the company provided "things of value" to the union. The newspaper also claims that VW held a mandatory employee meeting concerning the election, but workers were free to leave during the UAW's presentation.

The union vote was held from February 12-14 and was defeated 712-626. The UAW has filed an appeal with the NLRB citing interference in the vote, and it's hoping for a second ballot. Other workers are hoping to save the works council at the factory.

"We have no comment at this time," said Scott Wilson, head of PR at the Volkswagen Chattanooga factory, to Autoblog.


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      knightrider_6
      • 9 Months Ago
      LOL They call themselves National Right to Work Foundation but in reality they are far right wing group funded by KOCH brothers. And they are fulfilling conservative utopia of low wages, poverty, misery and ignorance.
        Pj Taintz
        • 9 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        ok and the UAW is a far left group that funds the democrats, your point? oh , you dont like it when the big boys play back do you
        Walt
        • 9 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        The 70% rise in food stamp usage during Obama's time in office tells the real story of low wages, poverty, misery and ignorance. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/28/food-stamp-president-enrollment-70-percent-under-o/
        darthjayson
        • 9 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        So you're one of those sad folks that requires the boogieman of the Koch brothers and thinks that Democrats are the only source of good in the USA? Shame.
        mitytitywhitey
        • 9 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        When America is dead and gone, historians will laugh at the irony of liberals calling others ignorant during a period of time when their society's decline was trending exactly in line with the liberal rise to majority status. In other words, there is nothing dumber than liberals ignoring that social liberalism is on the rise while complaining about 'conservatives' (who would be considered moderate by the standards of when America was at its peak), whose social authority has been in decline for decades. Yes, clearly, religion is causing America's decline. Or capitalism, sure. Never mind that America rose to dominance with those principles. Liberals keep shaking their fist at the folks left on top of the hill while peddling faster downwards into a bloody wreck in a dirty gutter.
        churchmotor
        • 9 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Knightrider_6, The workers at the VW plant in Tennessee make MORE than new workers in the UAW. Kinda squashes your George Soros funded UAW's mission doesn't it.
      Tom C
      • 9 Months Ago
      The next time a Republican tells you he supports freedom of association and is against frivilous lawsuits and outside interference in how companies run their affairs, remember to laugh in his face.
        Zaki
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Tom C
        Does everything in your world have two options....either it is Republican or Democrat in nature?! Water, milk, sugar, car, your shirt, shoes...each must have a Dem or Rep nature? I am a Republican and I think 99% of the Democrats are intelligent and thoughtful people, unlike you.
          Tom C
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Zaki
          The 99% that are thoughful and intelligent - does this include the ones you characterize as mafia-like?
          Tom C
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Zaki
          You may not be familiar with so-called Right To Work initiatives, but they are explicitly aligned with the GOP and the conservative movement. I'm sorry that this hurts your feelings.
          Zaki
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Zaki
          No, that would be the 1% that you seem to represent:)
          Pj Taintz
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Zaki
          even if that is true tom C, how is that any different than the UAW being in bed with the democrats? So what you dont think that republicans should have the same representation that the democrats get with the UAW?
        Pj Taintz
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Tom C
        except for the UAW is trying to bring a lawsuit to shut them up, what should they do just sit there and take it like the rest of the union goons? no this is not frivolous at all
      knightrider_6
      • 9 Months Ago
      How these Anti-Union thugs are screwing the people in south explained with 9 charts http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/06/maps-of-the-south-bad-place_n_4855191.html
      Bob
      • 9 Months Ago
      Americans are so goddamn backwards when it comes to everything. The south wants to return to slave labor because those were great economic times for them I guess. No wonder America looks like a third world country. They bash Europe for having debt but at least the people are healthy and the infrastructure safe, and modern. In America every bridge you cross looks like it's about to collapse.
        1guyin10
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Bob
        So maybe we should stop diverting highway funds for feel-good projects like bike paths and actually use them for what those taxes were established for? The Democrats are going to hate you for saying that!
        edward.stallings
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Bob
        America looks like a third world country thanks to our government's failure to enforce immigration law. Unions are more like slave labor because the members are forced to pay dues to support a political party.
          clquake
          • 9 Months Ago
          @edward.stallings
          Really? There are roughly 11.7M illegals and 317M people in the US. 3% of the population, mostly in the south and west coast. How are they responsible for making Congress behave like little kids on an international level? How are they responsible for making Congress stupider?
        thedriveatfive
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Bob
        Slave labor? Really?
      Zaki
      • 9 Months Ago
      UAW, brings a bad taste to the mouth. Their strong arm, Mafia type tactics should be a thing of the past. How this corrupt organization is allowed to survive in the US of A is shameless. They operate on the false pretext of worker representation and use this platform to promote their own agendas that in the long run undermine the very companies these workers are employed by and put to risk the very jobs the Mafia, er, UAW pretends to ensure. It is one reason some US companies opt to go out of the borders and that has serious implications for US workers.
        Tom C
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Zaki
        It's cute how you don't know that VW supported unionization at this plant.
          James
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Tom C
          Zaki didn't mention anything about VW, he just factually stated that UAW uses it's members' money, mandatorily taken off the top of their paychecks, to promote their own agenda through coercive means.
          Zaki
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Tom C
          I am a cute guy, what can I say... The girls tell me that all the time :)
          churchmotor
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Tom C
          Tom C, It's cute how you don't know that IG Metall supported unionization at this plant.
        Tom C
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Zaki
        It's cute how you don't realize VW supported unionization at this plant. Oddly, they didn't see this as undermining themselves. But you know better.
      lad
      • 9 Months Ago
      Even though the VW company wants Union Workers, Republican politicians don't want anyone limiting their greed and sharing prosperity. Thought you would like to know who is behind this : http://www.wrongforeveryone.com/behind-right-to-wor/ Yes, Right Wing Republicans, funded by Big Business like the Kochs.
        David Bowman
        • 9 Months Ago
        @lad
        LOL only a libtard should want to bring up the Koch's. Who by the way are 2 of the 3 Republicans in the top 25 richest Americans. the other 22 are Democrats, who want the unions in so they can take a cut of the pie without doing anything. According to Forbes, Democrats control 165 Billion of America's wealth compared to 120 billion by the Republicans. Do your homework and you be shocked to find out the 1% are mostly DEMOCRATS. I am amazed at how lad push's big business in with the GOP, yet ignores the fact that Big Business, such as Comcast, who has pushed money into every democrats pocket thru lobbyist, (remember Obama's no lobbyist lie) This is why you pay over 120 a month for cable. We won't even mention the rich bankers and wall street guys who have left their jobs to work at the White House. These guys robbed America blind, and went to work for Obama lol get real
      Boredinmin
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wow. The anti-labor elite are ready to wage open warfare to stop unionization. How sad. This will likely chase VW out of the US and into Mexico. Other nations don't have this insane hatred of organized labor.
        Chris
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Boredinmin
        Please explain to me how anti-union sentiment will chase VW out of the US. Unions are a big part of the reason why most of our nation's manufacturing has moved over seas over the last half century. If union labor is what they wanted then why did they set up shop in Tennessee? With that said, I think you have it backwards.
          Len_A
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Chris
          Get this point through your thick skull - VW has a "workers council" that is part of the decision making process and management structure to their company, and in fact exists at BMW and Daimler as well. Germany's IG Metall's representatives on their master corporate level council in Germany wants every VW plant in the world to have that council and have representatives that work with the master council in Germany. Those plant level line worker representatives can not be hand picked by any member of VW management, and in VW's Tennessee management's opinion, they need a union to independently choose that council representation. Like it or not, VW's management is not anti union. They located in Tennessee because of state level financial incentives, a decision to accept that VW's management in Germany is now starting to regret because of all the right of center political opposition to the plant becoming unionized. IG Metall's representative on the master council in Germany has already vowed to veto on any further investment in the American South, and pretty much, VW's Board of Directors won't make a move with the German labor union's OK. You can also bet that once VW's U.S. plant got unionized, that IG Metall would push for the Mercedes Benz and BMW plant to get unionized as well, and in fact, while the UAW hasn't had any luck at the M-B Alabama plant, one, they're still trying, and two, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has also been involved in trying to organize that plant. The unions are not going to give up, and with now vocal support from their allies in the German unions, especially IG Metall, you can also bet on some very nervous management, at all three German auto makers, having to walk a line between IG Metall's representatives in Germany and the politicians in Alabama and South Carolina.
      MyFing2cents.
      • 9 Months Ago
      National Right to Work should be given it's real name - a company's right to fire any employee for any reason, with no representation.
        clquake
        • 9 Months Ago
        @MyFing2cents.
        It's not for ANY reason.
        • 9 Months Ago
        @MyFing2cents.
        [blocked]
          Len_A
          • 9 Months Ago
          Not really. Every nonunion company is automatically "at-will" employment. In fact, a contract, whether individually, or collectively bargained, is the only way to get around "at-will" employment.
      robert
      • 9 Months Ago
      For what its worth from myself . The unions on the west coast have almost single handedly destroyed the coastal economy . Abused the powers congress entrusted to them . Most all foreign and joint venture companies have relocated to a right to work states . Manufacturing concerns had stopped coming or have relocated. away from these union organized states . Most recently in Seattle the unions had almost destroyed Boeings aircraft. If Boeing had fallen it would have taken all of the Greater Seattle area with it. Luck was on their side. This is not and issue or area of speculation but a proven precedent of past historical events . Don't repeat the west coasts mistakes . California has become a welfare state because of the unions . Welfare is currently California's home crafted industry. Most young members of these unions feel that the unions themselves firstly represent the interest of their officials . That in effect the unions are just an other layer of management. To be honest the unions are making the usa work force obsolete and noncompetitive worldwide. Seeing and setting the stage for the slow but sure downward drift of the high unemployed economy .
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 9 Months Ago
      Germany should have learned from the Russian / USSR occupation. Communism (UAW) eventually destroys the host.
        clquake
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Wisdom Seeker
        Are you referring to the same Germany, the only country on this planet, to single handedly financially prop up the entire EU during this horrible economy?
          clquake
          • 9 Months Ago
          @clquake
          Do you know how international economies work? If the whole EU goes under, it will drag down Germany as well. If the EU goes down, a systemic financial collapse would follow everywhere else, including Great Britain & the US. China can't bail out every one.
      Darren McLellan
      • 9 Months Ago
      Can we do anything in this country that does not make us look like idiots?
        Pj Taintz
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Darren McLellan
        well we voted in obama 2X...after voting for bush 2X..... so no, we cant
      Harroll Morris
      • 9 Months Ago
      No the union got voted out with heavy pressure and a boatload of lies by Republican lawmakers. I think the solution since, Volkswagen wants the the union since that is the closest thing we have to a German "works counsel" the jerks that voted against the union should get fired/laid off/ invited to find work at a company that does not want a union, and Volkswagen and the union can go about actually building quality cars. That or Volkswagen can move to a state that doesn't have Republican morons running the state and move the employees who want to be in a union to the new location.
        Mark Jeswald
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Harroll Morris
        You cannot be serious. You actually believe that the average line worker was more influenced by a couple speeches in the media by lawmakers (that they may or may not have heard anyway) vs mandatory attendance at the plant itself at meetings for pro-union organizers. You obviously have never been part of a union-organizing movement. A union is needed when employees' rights have been trampled on and employee safety is not of primary concern and employees' concerns have not been heeded. Which is to say in modern manufacturing facilities in the US (of which I have been to dozens), a union is not needed, and would exist solely for it's own leadership's self-propagation.
          Chris
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mark Jeswald
          Some are willing to believe just about anything to convince themselves that they are right. It's obvious Harroll Morris was just looking for a low hanging fruit and way to somehow blame this on Republicans.
          clquake
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Mark Jeswald
          Republicans threatened to withhold tax incentives from VW, the very reason why VW chose Tennessee in the first place.
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