UAW appeals to keep 'outside groups' out of decision on new union vote at VW plant

photo Factory workers stand near the assembly line in the assembly center at the Chattanooga Volkswagen Plant.

The United Auto Workers will appeal a decision to allow business groups backing local Volkswagen workers to intervene in the union's bid for a new election at the VW plant in Chattanooga.

In a statement released today, the UAW said it will ask the full National Labor Relations Board to review the decision by the Atlanta regional director to grant standing to the National Right to Work Foundation and Southern Momentum to present arguments in the debate over the UAW election appeal.

"It is an outrage that the Atlanta Region of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), deviating from the board's own practice, is allowing groups with shadowy funding that are masquerading as legitimate worker representatives to participate in the process to determine whether the UAW election at Volkswagen was tainted by state and federal politicians' threats of retaliation against workers if they exercised their right to choose UAW representation," the union said in a statement today.