It is a long-standing precedent that unions are legally allowed to lie to workers in order to get their support–and lie they do.
Take, for example, Carol Wilson, a Volkswagen employee in Chattanooga who was misled into signing a UAW authorization card.
“When I was approached to sign a card a year and a half ago, it was, ‘Oh, the card just means you want more information.‘”
Lying to workers in order to get them to sign union authorization cards is, unfortunately, a common tactic.
It is also one of the reasons unions like the idea of card-check–the process of unionization based on signatures, as opposed to secret-ballot elections.
In Chattanooga, where the UAW has claimed that it has gotten a majority of VW’s employees to support the union’s efforts, the does not want employees to vote by secret-ballot on unionization.
Why? Because, according to the UAW, it will lose.
“We’ve determined we definitely have a majority of employees who favor this representation,” Casteel told the Tennessean last month. “But we are not seeking a vote necessarily.”
Why not, if that is what the workers want?
“We know if we go for a traditional election where the outside organizations could campaign against us, we’d probably lose,” Casteel said. [Emphasis added.]
Who is Gary Casteel? He is the United Auto Workers’ organizer assigned to unionize VW workers in Chattanooga.
Gary Casteel knows the UAW would lose in a secret-ballot election.