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Volkswagen workers in Tennessee vote no to union representation
Yahoo Finance ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Bernie Woodall/Reuters

Posted on 02/14/2014 7:44:45 PM PST by Innovative

In a stunning defeat that could accelerate the decades-long decline of the United Auto Workers, employees voted against union representation at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant, a factory seen as organized labor's best chance to expand in the U.S. South.

An official overseeing the vote, retired judge Sam Payne, said that a majority had voted against UAW representation by 712 to 626.

While voting was under way on Wednesday, Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker said VW would announce new investment in the plant if the UAW lost the secret ballot.

(Excerpt) Read more at finance.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: autoworkers; bobcorker; elections; jobs; tennessee; uaw; unions; volkswagen
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Good for them! They voted for jobs, instead of unions.

Of course, guess which side was Obama on?

1 posted on 02/14/2014 7:44:45 PM PST by Innovative
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To: Innovative

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2 posted on 02/14/2014 7:46:38 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Innovative

Talk about an earthquake!


3 posted on 02/14/2014 7:46:52 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: Innovative

Anyone got that pic of Nelson Muntz going “HA HA” we need that right now for the Unions


4 posted on 02/14/2014 7:47:32 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Innovative

The workers, despite intense pressure, wisely voted to keep their jobs. Unfortunately, the closeness of the vote means that the UAW will be back.


5 posted on 02/14/2014 7:47:49 PM PST by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: Innovative

Very good. I was afraid that they would fall for the usual unsustainable union promises. But I guess the lesson of Detroit has sunk in.


6 posted on 02/14/2014 7:49:20 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Innovative

They will ask for a revote as they know the results were wrong. The union never loses. Where are the dead voters?


7 posted on 02/14/2014 7:53:22 PM PST by ncfool (Obama's aMeriKa 2012 The land of entitlement for the 51% crowd.)
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To: Innovative
Unions and its twin, the minimum wave, are two faces of unadulterated evil. When both are abolished, America's prosperity will be unprecedented. Go Ted go! Go Sarah go! Go Jim go! Take America back! Put the union thugs in orange prison jumpsuits. Rebellion is brewing.


8 posted on 02/14/2014 7:54:20 PM PST by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Innovative

The margin of victory was less than 100 votes, or about seven percent.

The left usually demands to be awarded a victory by court order if they lose by an margin this small. Failing that, they’ll demand another election at the earliest opportunity.

Of course, if they win by even a single vote they treat it as a landslide victory. At that point, they declare that any further elections are “an attempt to turn back the clock.”


9 posted on 02/14/2014 7:58:49 PM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Innovative

10 posted on 02/14/2014 7:58:51 PM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Innovative

Wow. I was kind of worried about this vote. Thank goodness. I love the VW is in TN as is Nissan, and Toyota, Mercedes, Honda, Kia and Hyundai in AL with BMW in SC and maybe other locations and a new Air Bus coming to Mobile AL . . .

The Dem’s and the Lib’s hate that the red states are expanding and welcoming business . .. even if some of the profits go back to Japan or wherever Germany . . . the jobs are here, the economic benefit is HERE & NOW.

The Dem’s and Lib’s from the elite blue states would still prefer the southerners in the red states to be picking cotton by hand and plucking chickens by hand and picking tobacco which they continue to outlaw and ban.

We have a long way to go but Texas and other states are leading the way in creating new manufacturing and production.

A sigh of relief. Whew, glad the 700+ workers that voted DOWN the UAW had the good sense God gave ‘em.


11 posted on 02/14/2014 7:59:53 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: Innovative

VW was neutral. This is their only non-union plant.

If they had opposed the union, it probably would have lost by much more.


12 posted on 02/14/2014 8:01:55 PM PST by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Innovative

VW workers made a good choice. If there is another vote, I hope there is a larger NO union vote, sending the message to union elites loud and clear - stay out of my paycheck!


13 posted on 02/14/2014 8:05:12 PM PST by Dapper 26
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To: Innovative

14 posted on 02/14/2014 8:09:13 PM PST by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: iowamark

15 posted on 02/14/2014 8:12:11 PM PST by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

VW was silenced by the powerful German union. With Tennessee being non-union, it stands to reason expansion will be in the U.S. where they can obtain a larger profit margin. Dealing with unions is like holding rattlesnakes in a religious ceremony: do it enough and you will be bitten.


16 posted on 02/14/2014 8:12:53 PM PST by Boomer One
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Bet Hussein Obama is a bit upset over this, this evening…he was all for a YES union vote..

My husband worked for a company in Ohio for 38 years and Union tried to get in yearly..and they are to this day..Union free..

Good for the workers at VW..
wake up America..Remember in November..


17 posted on 02/14/2014 8:16:17 PM PST by haircutter
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To: Innovative

I assumed that since a vote was being held at all that it was a foregone conclusion that they would vote for unionization.

I’m very happy to be wrong.


18 posted on 02/14/2014 8:32:02 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: Steely Tom

That was an uncomfortably close margin. I’m relieved it went the way that it did!


19 posted on 02/14/2014 8:36:11 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: Innovative

Waiting for the NLRB and/or Obama to issue ‘orders’ to Unionize the plant or punish VW itself.

The IRS I am sure is ready to do it’s master’s bidding.


20 posted on 02/14/2014 8:52:54 PM PST by INVAR ("Fart for liberty, fart for freedom and fart proudly!" - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Innovative

This is what we in Hollywood were talking about. Move Warner to SC, and the Teamsters hold on Hollywood will vanish.


21 posted on 02/14/2014 8:57:06 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: Innovative

I look for Holder to find that those voting against the union were wearing the wrong colored socks and to require a new vote within a month......


22 posted on 02/14/2014 8:59:42 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: Steely Tom

Here in Everett WA the union memebers recently voted by a 1% margin to have Boeing stay in Everett. Union is losing big battles despite Obama’s stacking of the NLRB


23 posted on 02/14/2014 9:16:31 PM PST by tinamina
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To: Innovative
So how long will the UAW take to petition the NLRB to order VW to recognize the UAW as representing the VW workers despite this election, or (alternatively) order a new election?

Thank goodness the Orwellian-named Employee Free Choice Act never became law.

24 posted on 02/14/2014 9:24:08 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Innovative

Good for them. The UAW needs to go away. The last thing workers need is someone else with their hand in their pocket


25 posted on 02/14/2014 9:25:40 PM PST by Figment
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To: Innovative

There are 626 employees who aren’t bright enough to know where their best interests are.


26 posted on 02/14/2014 9:30:03 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Show me the man, and I'll show you the crime." - Lavrentiy Beria (& Eric Holder))
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To: Innovative
Excellent News!

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Watch, more companies will now make the moves into RTW states.

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27 posted on 02/14/2014 9:44:29 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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“There are 626 employees who aren’t bright enough to know where their best interests are.”

Hope VW doesn’t get 626 pro union subversives.


28 posted on 02/14/2014 9:58:26 PM PST by Enten (I don't have islamophobia...I do have islamonausea)
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To: Innovative

Unfortunately Corker’s comment will be interpreted by the NLRB as a violation and they will authorize a revote. Under this administration, not only is the deck stacked in favor of the union but the cards are marked and the dealer is in cahoots with them.


29 posted on 02/14/2014 10:01:37 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: Innovative

Too close for comfort, though!


30 posted on 02/14/2014 10:31:56 PM PST by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: Enten
Right to work state rules are different from thoroughly corrupt states.

Those 626 people have 62,600 equally as qualified people waiting in the wings who want decent jobs.

Not much local support for “subversive” acts against any decent employer who complies with labor laws.

Particularly when said “Unions” are all in for importing even more illegal aliens to keep their own corrupt protection rackets operating.

In 2016, we need to elect a President who swears to sign on day one, an Executive Order to abolish employee “Unions” for Federal government employees.

31 posted on 02/14/2014 10:38:58 PM PST by sarasmom (Extortion 17. A large number of Navy SEALs died on that mission. Ask why.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; TitansAFC; Tennessee Nana; sickoflibs

Excellent.


32 posted on 02/14/2014 10:39:05 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Innovative
Following the lead of the BMW plant in Spartansburg, SC.

BMW spent a billion dollars expanding the plant in South Carolina.

Video at end of thread: http://www.businessinsider.com/bmws-massive-non-union-plant-is-basically-a-huge-screw-you-to-unions-2011-2

33 posted on 02/14/2014 10:39:32 PM PST by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Innovative

Good for those workers.
Keep the money you work for instead of forking it over to a union......


34 posted on 02/14/2014 10:59:00 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: Innovative

I belonged one time for a couple of months. I could not wait to get out of that. What a nightmare.


35 posted on 02/14/2014 11:00:09 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

VW was neutral. This is their only non-union plant.

No it wasn’t don’t forget where where and how VW started from. The German unions have always had a heavy hand in its corporate structure. Thank you Willy Brandt and the German socialist party. Brandt btw spent the war years working in Detroit when he returned he became mayor of west Berlin and eventually Chacellor. VW wanted the union it may still come to pass.


36 posted on 02/14/2014 11:10:59 PM PST by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Innovative

Very good news.


37 posted on 02/14/2014 11:19:38 PM PST by StoneWall Brigade
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To: Innovative
YES!!!
38 posted on 02/14/2014 11:40:07 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (Democrats are Cruz'n for a Bruisin' in 2016. / Obama=Unspeakable Audacity)
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To: Innovative

And they say southerners aren’t smart


39 posted on 02/14/2014 11:40:56 PM PST by Nifster
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To: LowTaxesEqualsProsperity

Don’t expect German workers to be happy. I imagine their po’ed about the plant being built overseas at all.


40 posted on 02/15/2014 12:33:24 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Graewoulf

UAW got Burnt.....
Got Burnt old school.


41 posted on 02/15/2014 3:47:43 AM PST by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Innovative
From the article:

The UAW said it would "evaluate" the conduct in the vote, where 89 percent of eligible workers cast ballots.

Here comes the demands for recounts and boxes full of ballots magically appearing in the trunk of someone's car.

42 posted on 02/15/2014 4:03:18 AM PST by SkiKnee
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

Obama weighed in, too:

Obama weighs in on contentious union vote at Volkswagen plant
Reuters ^ | 02/14/2014 | Richard Cowan & Bernie Woodall

Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 2:16:38 PM by Rusty0604

P resident Barack Obama on Friday waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG’s plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.

Obama’s interjection in the war of words on Friday, albeit behind closed doors, underscored how much is stake in the three-day vote by VW’s 1,550 hourly workers. The vote is due to end at 8:30 p.m. ET and the results could be announced soon after that.

Obama said everyone was in favor of the UAW representing Volkswagen except for local politicians who “are more concerned about German shareholders than American workers,” according to a Democratic aide who attended the meeting with Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3123095/posts


43 posted on 02/15/2014 4:41:18 AM PST by Seattle Conservative (God Bless and protect our troops)
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To: Innovative
Smart move.My guess is that the workers have seen documentaries on the city of Detroit.
44 posted on 02/15/2014 4:55:55 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama: "I can do whatever I want")
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To: Seattle Conservative

I suspect that the numbers are available for the racial composition of the VW work force...I’d guess at about 30%..we’ll never know, thank God for the sanctity of the ballot, but I’d wager that 95% of black VW workers voted for it..


45 posted on 02/15/2014 4:57:35 AM PST by ken5050 (This space available cheap...)
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To: Pox

I thought the same thing. I never considered buying a VW anyway, but I just might put them on my short list next time.


46 posted on 02/15/2014 4:57:36 AM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (See my home page for some of my answers to the left's talking points.)
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To: Innovative

ALGORE'S MOM IS NOT AMUSED!


47 posted on 02/15/2014 4:57:57 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama: "I can do whatever I want")
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To: Amberdawn

Those German workers in Chattanooga have been heavily compensated for being here

Most of the top jobs are held by Germans..

It cost Tennessee a bundle to get them to come here..

Thanks for nothing Bob Corker...


48 posted on 02/15/2014 5:01:31 AM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Innovative

Almost HALF voted FOR the union??? OMG!!


49 posted on 02/15/2014 5:12:46 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Anyone got that pic of Nelson Muntz going “HA HA” we need that right now for the Unions

Here ya' go (along with a YESSS! each from me and the Mrs.)


50 posted on 02/15/2014 5:16:30 AM PST by Peet (Oderint dum metuant)
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