published Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Chattanooga VW workers seek injunction in UAW case

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A legal group for several Chattanooga Volkswagen workers who have sued the automaker in federal court has asked for a preliminary injunction to prevent VW from providing organizing assistance to the United Auto Workers in the event of a revote.

“Obviously, the Volkswagen employees who filed this case hope first and foremost that their vote is not overturned as requested by UAW officials,” said Patrick Semmens of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. “But in the event that the NLRB does throw out the results of the vote, a preliminary injunction would help ensure a more level playing field during a rerun.”

Court papers said the workers want to keep Volkswagen from paying or delivering “organizing assistance, and things of value similar to the organizing assistance, to the UAW.”

Last week, employees at the Chattanooga plant filed a federal lawsuit seeking to block what they called further collusion between the company and the UAW should the National Labor Relations Board order a new unionization election at VW’s Chattanooga plant. Last month, the UAW lost a unionization bid at the plant by a 712-626 vote.

See more in Wednesday’s Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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