Labor analyst: Volkswagen workers claim 'misled' by UAW

Thursday, October 3, 2013
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A labor policy analyst thinks a complaint involving Volkswagen employees and the United Auto Workers is one worth paying attention to.

At least eight workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee are claiming they were misled by the UAW and its efforts to organize the facility.

The workers say they signed cards they thought was a sign of support for a secret ballot election. However, the signing of the cards shows they want the union to represent them. If a certain number of the cards are signed, the union can then go to the employer to say they have enough votes for unionization.


Matt Patterson, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, says the issue is important because, if it’s true, it would “significantly compromise” the union’s chances of getting inside the automotive plant.

"And if they did misrepresent themselves or misled the workers in any way, I must say that would be a very stupid move on their part,” Patterson tells OneNewsNow.

OneNewsNow has reported that Patterson visited Chattanooga this summer to advise people about the UAW and why unionization may not be in their best interest, adding the workers would ultimately have the final say, "and that is their right."

The VW workers in question are being represented by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, Inc.

The National Labor Relations Board will decide the case.

When asked for comment, UAW told that it would have someone call in with a response. That call has yet to take place.

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