After a defeat in last week's union election at a Chattanooga Volkswagen plant that was particularly stinging to organized labor in the South, the United Auto Workers have filed an appeal with the National Labor Relations Board, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.
“It’s an outrage that politically motivated third parties threatened the economic future of this facility and the opportunity for workers to create a successful operating model that that would grow jobs in Tennessee,” said UAW President Bob King.
The UAW cited what it called threats by U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., related to promises of a new product line awarded to the plant if workers voted against UAW representation.
The TFP reports that the NLRB will conduct an investigation to decide whether a new election should be held. The head of Volkswagen's works council threatened earlier this week to stop further investment by VW in the South, if workers are not unionized.