While the UAW challenged the result of the vote that called workers to decide whether they want union representation in VW’s Chattanooga plant and the German automaker said it’s neutral about the fact, three workers decided to sue both parties.
The three anti-union workers filed a lawsuit against both the United Auto Workers union and Volkswagen, saying the two colluded in the run-up to the election that the UAW lost. At VW’s plant in Chattanooga, workers voted 712-626 against joining the ranks of the UAW – sparking a heated battle between the union and anti-union protesters, chief among them being Republican politicians.
“UAW union officials and Volkswagen management have colluded to deprive these workers of a fair vote from the start,” said Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. “It is likely that Volkswagen will provide Organizing Assistance to the UAW, or things of value similar to it, before a rerun election,” the filing also states.
The suit was filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Chattanooga, saying VW provided “things of value” to the UAW, thus breaching the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA). The purpose of the lawsuit is to block Volkswagen from aiding the UAW again if the federal regulators decide to scrap the result and call for another vote.