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8 VW workers file federal charges against UAW

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Eight Volkswagen workers filed federal charges against the United Auto Workers (UAW) union Wednesday.

The lawsuit alleges the union mislead and coerced them and other workers to forfeit their rights in what is now a "card check" unionization drive.

The employees filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regional office in Atlanta.

According to the NLRB, after UAW union officials claimed to possess signature cards from a majority of workers, UAW union president Bob King demanded VW deny workers a secret ballot vote on unionization and instead unionize all workers on the basis of the unreliable and abuse-prone card check process. 

Workers say UAW told them that a signature on the card was to call for a secret ballot unionization election. They also allege other improprieties in the card check process, including using cards that were signed too long ago to be legally valid.

UAW also told workers who wanted to lawfully revoke their signatures that they had to physically appear at the union office if they wanted their cards returned to them.

"Despite making it so easy to sign union ‘cards' at the workplace, UAW union officials are now demanding workers to go to the union office to exercise their right to reclaim their cards," said Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation.  "This case underscores how card check unionization schemes make it ‘easy to check in, but impossible to check out.'"

The workers want UAW union officials to cease and desist from demanding recognition based upon the tainted cards.

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