UAW hits decision to make anti-union workers parties to NLRB case

Article by Christian A., on March 14, 2014

The United Auto Workers has blasted and vowed to appeal a decision by the National Labor Relations Board to allow anti-union Volkswagen workers defend the results of a February election wherein the union lost 712-626. The union remarked the NLRB had deviated from its own precedent by granting two groups of anti-UAW workers with party status to the election row.

The UAW has requested the NLRB to dismiss the results of the election, arguing that anti-union statements by politicians and outside groups compromised voting at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga site. The anti-UAW workers are supported by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and Southern Momentum, two of the groups that campaigned against the union in the days before the vote.

According to the UAW, the two groups are "masquerading as legitimate worker representatives," but are actually financed by powerful business interests. They also accused the groups of collaborating with Tennessee Republican politicians like US Sen. Bob Corker and Gov. Bill Haslam, to disseminate anti-union messages.

"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," the UAW said in a statement.

The NLRB's regional office in Atlanta is handling the UAW's opposition to the election result. It recently decided to grant the two groups with party status in the case. Its decisions can be appealed to the full five-member NLRB board in Washington, D.C. [source: WallStreetJournal]

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