United Auto Workers (UAW) representatives reportedly intimidated workers at a Tennessee Volkswagen facility Tuesday, one week before employees there are scheduled to cast their vote on union membership.
UAW members paced up and down assembly lines in the Chattanooga VW plant, each wearing goggles and black T-shirts emblazoned with the letters, “UAW,” according to The Daily Caller.
The union’s battle to bring Volkswagen’s 1,600 employees into its fold is already shaping up to be bitter and factious.
“It’s unclear to me how many of them are actual employees of Volkswagen. I suspect it’s a mix of both,” Center for Worker Freedom executive director Matt Patterson told The Daily Caller. “They were all given goggles [to gain entry] and black shirts with big UAW logos on them, so there’s no mistake what’s going on here.”
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UAW representatives arrived in Chattanooga last week and were granted permission to meet with and pitch union membership to plant employees. Some workers were concerned that this could lead to intimidation, according to the Washington Examiner.
These concerned workers delivered a letter to upper management requesting equal access to company facilities to discuss alternatives to UAW representation.
They also requested access to the same employee contact list the union will have in the event of an election, so that the workers could hear both sides.
Both requests were denied. The workers were told that they could not have access to those facilities — which were paid for in part by tax dollars — and contacts because they [the concerned workers] are not an “entity.”
The Caller reported:
UAW Region 8 director Gary Casteel gave a speech to workers Tuesday morning outlining the union’s platform in the upcoming election, according to Patterson, citing sources. But workers were reportedly not allowed to ask questions.
The pacing and observing by black-shirted UAW members took place afterwards.
“This happened throughout the afternoon,” Patterson said. “If there was an election coming up, and one of the candidates stood behind you in a black shirt, how comfortable would that make you feel?”
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