Chattanooga Volkswagen Employees Tell Right to Work Foundation They Were Promised Secret Ballot Election
UAW union bosses target Volkswagen workers for unionization via card check scheme
Springfield, VA (September 13, 2013) – Recent media reports suggest that United Auto Workers (UAW) union officials are pushing Volkswagen AG (VOW.DE) to eliminate a secret ballot vote on unionization and instead unionize all workers in Chattanooga, Tennessee on the basis of an unreliable and abuse-prone "card check" process.
After UAW union officials claimed to receive a majority of workers signing union "cards," UAW union president Bob King told Reuters yesterday that the VW employees should be put under union monopoly control through the card check, and that they should not vote in private because, he claimed, such a secret ballot vote would be "divisive."
However, the National Right to Work Foundation has received a number of calls from workers at the plant who were told by UAW union organizers that a signature on the card was to call for a secret ballot unionization election.
Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation, issued the following statement in response to King's statement to Reuters:
"Despite their promises, UAW union officials are now trying to deny workers a secret ballot election to determine whether to unionize. Instead, they are pressuring Volkswagen to recognize them as the workers' monopoly bargaining representative.
"Any worker who believes they may have been misled, pressured, or coerced into signing a union 'card' should contact the National Right to Work Foundation at 1-800-336-3600 or the Foundation's website at www.nrtw.org immediately. It is not too late for workers to protect their legal rights."