Volkswagen employees say UAW violating ‘no-fly zone’

The fight to organize a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee raged on as a group of workers passed out hundreds of anti-union fliers pushing back against the United Auto Workers, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

Some Volkswagen employees are upset that the UAW opened a voluntary union near the Chattanooga plant in June, even after the majority of workers voted against organizing in February.

Before the election, the UAW agreed that it would “discontinue all organizing activities” for at least a year if it lost, which it did narrowly, in a close 53 percent to 47 percent vote.

Now, some employees say the UAW is skirting that agreement by opening a nearby office, Local 42, where Volkswagen employees can voluntarily join without paying dues. But the UAW would not be allowed to negotiate on their behalf until more than half of the workers at that plant join. 

Still, many anti-union employees are upset that other workers are passing out membership cards at work, which opponents say violates the UAW’s agreement. The anti-union workers passed out 400 of their own fliers stating 10 reasons not to join a union.

“They chose to ignore the no-fly zone,” anti-union employee Mike Burton told the Times Free Press.

The newspaper quoted Burton saying: “Under Post-Election Obligations, the agreement says that Unless otherwise agreed to by the parties, if the UAW does not receive a majority of the valid ballots cast … the UAW shall discontinue all organizing activities at the Chattanooga plant … for a period of not less than one year beginning with the date of the election.”


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