Right to Work website aims at Volkswagen Chattanooga employees

Volkswagen employees perform checks as vehicles move down the assembly line at the Volkswagen Assembly Plant Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Each vehicle goes through variety of inspections before reaching the end of the assembly line.

The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation has set up a website related to worker rights over a potential new union election at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant.

The website, www.nrtw.org/vw/, tells employees to "get the facts" before signing a United Auto Workers petition or voting for union officials in an election.

"Union officials cannot legally infringe on your rights to hear and disseminate information critical of the union and union officials," says the website. "You have the legal right to refrain from signing a union authorization card or voting for the UAW."

The foundation's website says workers also have the legal right to rescind a union authorization card after it has been signed.

"Whether you wish to sign a union authorization card or vote for the UAW is completely up to you. It is unlawful for an employer or a union to threaten or coerce any employee in the exercise of these rights."

The website said workers can contact the foundation to speak with an attorney and request free legal aid.

Last week, some Chattanooga workers filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board seeking a third election at the VW plant to align with the UAW.

The petition is for an election of all production and maintenance workers in the Chattanooga plant.

"Why are Chattanooga workers treated any differently than other VW workers in the world?" asked Steve Cochran, president of UAW Local 42 in Chattanooga. "Why are Chattanooga workers treated differently than even other auto assembly workers at plants like GM Spring Hill?"

On Wednesday, an NLRB administrative hearing officer gave VW and UAW attorneys a week to submit legal briefs and entertained potential election dates in May should the board rule in the union's favor.