February 24, 2014 / 9:39 PM / 4 years ago

UAW chief: Appeal in failed vote centers on outsiders, not VW

(Reuters) - The head of the United Automobile Workers said on Monday that the union’s appeal of a failed organizing effort at a Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will focus on the actions of outside parties, not the German automaker itself.

United Auto Workers President Bob King listens as Secretary-Treasurer Dennis Williams answers questions during a news conference at the Chattanooga Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Center after the announcement that the union lost its bid to represent the 1,550 blue-collar workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

In an interview with Reuters, UAW President Bob King said, “Corporate VW acted with great integrity,” in the run-up to last week’s election.

“Our issue is really with outside third parties trying to threaten and intimidate both the company and workers.”

Late last week, the UAW asked the U.S. National Labor Relations Board to investigate the vote, citing what it characterized as “interference by politicians and outside special interest groups.”

The election loss at the plant in Chattanooga was a blow to the UAW, which spent two years trying to convince the workers there to unionize, but still lost, even with the support of VW.

Reporting by Peter Henderson in Los Angeles

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