Volkswagen workers withdraw lawsuit against UAW

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Three Volkswagen workers on Friday voluntarily withdrew their federal lawsuit challenging what they said was "a backroom deal" between the United Auto Workers and Volkswagen to bring about a union shop at the Chattanooga plant.

The National Right to Work Foundation, which represented the workers, said the withdrawal was prompted by VW and UAW attorneys' concessions in legal papers that the union cannot seek another election until sometime next year.

Mark Mix, the foundation's president, said the workers and the group successfully defended the result of the February election, in which the UAW lost an organizing vote at the Chattanooga plant by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin.