Volkswagen employees withdraw lawsuit

By: AP
By: AP

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Three Volkswagen employees have withdrawn their federal lawsuit challenging what they called "a backroom deal" between the United Auto Workers and the automobile manufacturer to create a union at the Chattanooga plant.

The workers voluntarily withdrew their lawsuit Friday.

The National Right to Work Foundation, which represented the workers, said the withdrawal was prompted by Volkswagen and UAW attorneys' concessions in legal papers that the union cannot seek another election until sometime next year.

The employees alleged that in a pre-election agreement, Volkswagen gave the union access to names and facilities at the Chattanooga plant in exchange for the UAW holding down costs if it won the organizing vote at the factory.

Volkswagen and the UAW denied the charges and sought a dismissal.

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