group files to keep UAW from reversing VW plant vote
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[March 01, 2014]
By Bernie Woodall
(Reuters) - An anti-union group
representing workers at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant on
Friday moved to undercut a United Auto Workers challenge of an election
in which the union failed to organize the factory, the second such
action this week.
Southern Momentum, an anti-UAW group overseen by a Chattanooga
attorney, filed to intervene in the UAW's objection to the election
results to the National Labor Relations Board.
In their petition to the NLRB, the workers asked to intervene in the
UAW's appeal, saying the union and VW are in collusion to bring
unionization to the Chattanooga plant.
The NLRB will consider the UAW's appeal of the February 12-14
election, which the union lost by a 712-626 vote. The union claimed
in its objection to the vote that outside interference and what it
characterized as intimidation led by politicians such as Republican
U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee improperly influenced
A news release from Southern Momentum said that if Volkswagen
officials do not respond to the UAW's objection, which the group
said appears to be the case, then "appropriate arguments against the
objections and in favor of upholding the election results may not be
Similar wording was included in a petition filed on Tuesday by the
National Right to Work Foundation and five anti-UAW workers at the
plant, also seeking to be heard by the NLRB when it considers the
UAW's objections to the election.
The UAW has until March 7 to present evidence to the NLRB's regional
headquarters in Atlanta backing up its case.
Southern Momentum was established as a non-profit group last month
in order to represent workers opposing UAW representation at the
Chattanooga VW plant.
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Maury Nicely, a pro-management labor attorney based in Chattanooga,
represents the group.
Nicely said in an interview earlier this month that he led
fundraising for Southern Momentum, which in late January and early
February raised money "in the low six figures" from Chattanooga area
businesses and individuals.
Nicely said the money was not raised by anti-UAW workers at the
plant. He said the funds paid for anti-UAW T-shirts and fliers
handed out by workers at the plant, as well as local newspaper
Nicely said the Southern Momentum group is "on a parallel track"
with the National Right to Work Foundation but said the two groups
are not working together.
(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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