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The Tennessee GOP's union-thwarting push has backfired
The Week ^ | February 14, 2014 | Peter Weber

Posted on 02/15/2014 9:04:00 AM PST by Qbert

A key victory for the UAW is on the line.

Friday is the last day of a union-organizing vote at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. At stake is whether the German automaker's sole plant in the U.S. will be represented by the United Auto Workers. But it's also much more than that: The battle being waged in Chattanooga is being billed as a seminal moment that will either pave the way for more labor unions in the South, or affirm the continuation of a "right to work" region that is UAW-free.

Going into the three-day election, the vote was too close too call among the 1,550 workers.

"A vote for unionization at Volkswagen would be a historic victory — not only for the UAW, but for the entire labor movement," says John Logan at Reuters.

[Snip]

...VW appears to want the UAW to win, and Corker may have violated U.S. labor laws by attempting to intimidate workers into voting against the UAW. Certainly, his comments have drawn unflattering national attention to the push by Republicans and outside conservative groups to quash the unionization bid.

This is the strongest card that the anti-union side has. The billboards warning that unionization will turn Chattanooga into a postindustrial wasteland — example: "Detroit: Brought to you by the UAW" — don't pass the laugh test. But strongly suggesting that the UAW will kill your livelihood (the Chattanooga plant probably needs a second line of cars to make it) certainly gets workers' attention.

But it's not a very persuasive argument. VW wants to set up a "works council" at the plant — like those at every VW plant except Chattanooga's and two in China — and in order to do that under U.S. law, the Tennessee workers have to have a union.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: beltwaymedia; bobcorker; peterweber; tennessee; uaw; unions; volkswagen

"The Tennessee GOP's union-thwarting push has backfired"

Who needs journalism when you can engage in magical thinking?...

1 posted on 02/15/2014 9:04:00 AM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

The website attempted to plug a virus into my machine. You need to delete the link.


2 posted on 02/15/2014 9:05:47 AM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: Qbert

When GOPe lapdog, The Cork! is in charge, its a guaranteed loss.


3 posted on 02/15/2014 9:06:35 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: Qbert
"Detroit: Brought to you by the UAW" — don't pass the laugh test.

Laugh at this - for the last 30 years - ALL major new car manufacturing plants have been built in right-to-work states...

4 posted on 02/15/2014 9:06:42 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Qbert
A key victory for the UAW is on the line.

Now we know the UAW LOST!!!!

5 posted on 02/15/2014 9:06:57 AM PST by DManA
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To: Qbert
example: "Detroit: Brought to you by the UAW" — don't pass the laugh test

Gee, I found it substantially truthful and rather pithy.
6 posted on 02/15/2014 9:08:19 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: Qbert

What are they talking about? The union was voted down.


7 posted on 02/15/2014 9:08:37 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Qbert

712-626... it’s over!

Unions got their asses handed to ‘em, albeit by a relative slim margin.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3123315/posts


8 posted on 02/15/2014 9:08:40 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: Dr. Sivana

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3123294/posts


9 posted on 02/15/2014 9:08:45 AM PST by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: Qbert

This is an old story and dated news. The UAW lost in its attempts to unionize the plant. I do find it funny that Volkswagon seemed to encourage the unionization of its workforce.


10 posted on 02/15/2014 9:09:52 AM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: Qbert

Three day “election”. LOL! Getting 1500 people to vote can be tough. What a joke. All the union thugs have to do is call for another vote and then bust the kneecaps and fingers of less than 100 workers and they can pull out their raid on employees paychecks for their ‘RAT masters.


11 posted on 02/15/2014 9:09:56 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

"What are they talking about? The union was voted down."

It was published before the vote. The writer is a typical leftist, always predicting doom and gloom for Conservatives. The actual result just shows how out of touch people like him really are.

12 posted on 02/15/2014 9:13:58 AM PST by Qbert ("The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry" - William F. Buckley, Jr.)
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To: Qbert

Union Suffers Big Loss at Tennessee VW Plant
Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Neal E. Boudette

Thread

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3123270/posts?q=1&;page=42#42


13 posted on 02/15/2014 9:14:08 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Qbert
Corker may have violated U.S. labor laws by attempting to intimidate workers into voting against the UAW.

Corker is a U. S. Senator, not a VW manager. Nothing he publicly says as a Senator could be construed as intimidation under the law. If it were ofherwise, lefty Senators could make threats to invaldate votes right and left for the fun of it.

14 posted on 02/15/2014 9:14:26 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("We are not sluts."--Sandra Fluke)
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To: Qbert

chickens...hatch...that would be a backfire also wouldn’t it?


15 posted on 02/15/2014 9:17:32 AM PST by gusopol3
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To: FlingWingFlyer
All the union thugs have to do is call for another vote and
then bust the kneecaps and fingers of less than 100
workers and they can pull out their raid on
employees paychecks for their ‘RAT masters.
i'm sure the NLRB has been called, the ...
NEW election shall be in a month or two.

16 posted on 02/15/2014 9:17:37 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Qbert
VW wants to set up a "works council" at the plant — like those at every VW plant except Chattanooga's and two in China — and in order to do that under U.S. law, the Tennessee workers have to have a union.

Why is it necessary to have a union in order to have a "workers council"?

17 posted on 02/15/2014 9:18:28 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Publius
The website attempted to plug a virus into my machine. You need to delete the link.

Huh? Which virus? Nothing happened why I went there.

18 posted on 02/15/2014 9:28:34 AM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: raybbr

Norton blocked a virus that claimed I needed to go to a site to get my PC cleaned.


19 posted on 02/15/2014 9:29:39 AM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: Qbert
Ubama didn't pack the NLRB with Alinskyites and break his promise to the GOPe by making Richard F. Griffin, Jr. its General Counsel just to let something like this stand.

This will be undone. VW will be a union shop.

Next stop... Walmart.

20 posted on 02/15/2014 9:30:00 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: okie01

It isn’t. That is a blatant lie.

The union lied to VW and the workers.


21 posted on 02/15/2014 9:30:20 AM PST by 2111USMC (Aim Small Miss Small)
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To: Qbert
The billboards warning that unionization will turn Chattanooga into a postindustrial wasteland — example: "Detroit: Brought to you by the UAW" — don't pass the laugh test.

That's correct.Those with any familiarity with what an outstanding city it was in the 50's (and even 60's) *and* understands what Detroit has become today doesn't laugh.

They weep.

22 posted on 02/15/2014 9:31:55 AM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama: "I can do whatever I want")
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To: Qbert

The Unions lost... sorry... no spinning this... unions got voted down.


23 posted on 02/15/2014 9:32:34 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Publius

What browser do you use?


24 posted on 02/15/2014 9:33:07 AM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: 2banana
"ALL major new car manufacturing plants have been built in right-to-work states... "

That's not exactly correct. It would be much more accurate to say:"ALL major new car manufacturing plants BUILT BY COMPANIES THAT HAVE NOT GONE BANKRUPT have been built in right-to-work states...

25 posted on 02/15/2014 9:33:53 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: raybbr

Internet Explorer 11


26 posted on 02/15/2014 9:34:10 AM PST by Publius ("Who is John Galt?" by Billthedrill and Publius now available at Amazon.)
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To: okie01
No problem, just move the plant to Detroit. They'll get their Works Council and all of the workers will live happily every after. At least until the plant closes.
27 posted on 02/15/2014 9:34:16 AM PST by centurion316
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To: Publius
Internet Explorer 11

Ah, there's your problem. Why don't you try Firefox? I never have those popups due to the inherent blocker.

28 posted on 02/15/2014 9:35:52 AM PST by raybbr (I weep over my sons' future in this Godforsaken country.)
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To: Publius

Windows defender blocked the same virus for me.


29 posted on 02/15/2014 9:37:27 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Publius

The website attempted to plug a virus into my machine. You need to delete the link.

Yeah, mine too


30 posted on 02/15/2014 9:46:58 AM PST by Rannug
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To: Qbert

This was a great win for the right to work and a big defeat for Obama and his pro union commie thug buddies. VW was probably smart with their so called neutral stand.


31 posted on 02/15/2014 10:03:16 AM PST by kenmcg
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To: okie01

Probably part of the National Labor Relations Act and included because the unions want to control those councils and argued that without a union they (the councils would be controlled by management).

Personally I am surprised that VW in Germany supported this union drive. From what I can tell, the UAW influenced the German autoworkers union to pressure VW management. Also the German autoworker union by German law has seats on the VW board of directors.


32 posted on 02/15/2014 10:03:41 AM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: okie01

Probably part of the National Labor Relations Act and included because the unions want to control those councils and argued that without a union they (the councils would be controlled by management).

Personally I am surprised that VW in Germany supported this union drive. From what I can tell, the UAW influenced the German autoworkers union to pressure VW management. Also the German autoworker union by German law has seats on the VW board of directors.


33 posted on 02/15/2014 10:03:51 AM PST by Maine Mariner
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Voters at the news paper there in Chattanooga are over 80% against the union and glad it turned out this way.

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/feb/15/vw-chattanooga-spurns-uaw-or-vw-workers-say-no-to/


34 posted on 02/15/2014 10:16:02 AM PST by Bodleian_Girl (No tag line today)
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To: Gay State Conservative
The billboards warning that unionization will turn Chattanooga into a postindustrial wasteland — example: "Detroit: Brought to you by the UAW"...

Hell I had to laugh at that, I've never thought to much of Chattanooga, I thought it already looked like an industry wasteland, maybe I was driving though the wrong section of town, or visiting the wrong side, maybe those Bill boards were blocking my view of the good side of Chattanooga.

35 posted on 02/15/2014 10:17:18 AM PST by ReformedBeckite (1 of 3 I'm only allowing my self each day)
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To: Qbert
"A vote for unionization at Volkswagen would be a historic victory — not only for the UAW, but for the entire labor movement," says John Logan at Reuters.

lol. So what would a loss be? "Yesterday's news" according o the lefties.

36 posted on 02/15/2014 10:27:17 AM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: Publius

Try to find this story now - the links lead to viruses. Oddly, I’ve seen that before with news thta embarrasses the liberals - I think it’s the lefty way of putting these stories “down the memory hole.”


37 posted on 02/15/2014 10:30:21 AM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Partisan Media Shill ping. This spin-doctoring would be breathtaking, if it weren’t for the laughter.

Thanks Qbert.

Related topics:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/volkswagen/index


38 posted on 02/15/2014 10:52:34 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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