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Workers at Tennessee Volkswagen factory reject United Auto Workers union
Fox News ^ | 15 Feb 2014

Posted on 02/15/2014 10:46:45 AM PST by mandaladon

Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation in a devastating defeat for the United Auto Workers union's effort to make inroads in the South. The 712-626 vote released late Friday was surprising for many labor experts and union supporters who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches. "This is like an alternate universe where everything is turned upside down," Cliff Hammond, a labor lawyer at in Detroit, told The Wall Street Journal, noting that companies usually fight union drives. "This vote was essentially gift-wrapped for the union by Volkswagen," said Hammond, who previously worked at the Service Employees International Union. The setback is a major defeat for the UAW's effort to expand in the growing South, where foreign automakers have 14 assembly plants, eight built in the past decade, said Kristin Dziczek, director of the labor and industry group at the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think tank in Michigan. "If this was going to work anywhere, this is where it was going to work," she said of Chattanooga.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: bobcorker; tennessee; tn; uaw; unions; vw
Organizing a Southern plant is so crucial to the union that UAW President Bob King told workers in a speech that the union has no long-term future without it. ................This is the best part of it.
1 posted on 02/15/2014 10:46:45 AM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon
"If the union can't win [in Chattanooga], it can't win anywhere," Steve Silvia, a economics and trade professor at American University who has studied labor unions, told the Journal....................Let's hope so.
2 posted on 02/15/2014 10:47:41 AM PST by mandaladon (The truth about Benghazi is all I want)
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To: mandaladon

No, the best part, the very best part, was where a US Senator, Bob Corker, announced that if the union was turned down VW would begin making an SUV there.

Imagine, a Republican Senator playing hard ball, really hard ball. He stuck his thumb in the eye of the UAW and his finger in the eye of Richard Trumka and the AFL-CIO.

VW couldn’t make any actions against the union but their Senator could....... he did. How sweet it is.


3 posted on 02/15/2014 10:55:58 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: mandaladon

Good luck with this thread. The mod pulled mine. I guess because this story is so minor and inconsequential, only one article on it can be posted.


4 posted on 02/15/2014 10:56:35 AM PST by Arthurio
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To: mandaladon

Ed Schultz.....a few days back, the moron on MSNBC, was raving about what a gigantic win was coming forth for the UAW and the Obamabot low life types that lead the industrial unions like the UAW and are gleefully, hand in hand with Obama, destroying the USA economy and jobs!!! Terrific win for the American people, the economy and good paying, stable jobs!!! Total loss for Obama, Democrat dirt bags and the current labor union leadership!!! Lovely!!!!


5 posted on 02/15/2014 10:57:50 AM PST by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: bert

How sweet it is...indeed!


6 posted on 02/15/2014 10:59:32 AM PST by mandaladon (The truth about Benghazi is all I want)
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To: mandaladon

If UAW Dictator-in-Chief Bob King is an honest man, he will disband the UAW and return all the funds in its coffers to its members. After all, the UAW has no future. But he will keep the UAW alive as long as he can because the UAW members pay his inflated salary.


7 posted on 02/15/2014 11:01:34 AM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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I was surprised the vote was as close as was reported. East TN folks are pretty independent. They can see what happened to Detroit.
8 posted on 02/15/2014 11:07:26 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: mandaladon
Volkswagen tacitly endorsed [the writer's opinion] the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches. "This is like an alternate universe where everything is turned upside down," Cliff Hammond, a labor lawyer at in Detroit, told The Wall Street Journal, noting that companies usually fight union drives. "This vote was essentially gift-wrapped for the union by Volkswagen,"

Can you say I dare you; give it your best shot. Maybe VW knows its employees and its strengths better than the almighty UAW, and trusted they would win anyway;
and by giving the UAW every opportunity, they have effectively killed it for the future, too.

9 posted on 02/15/2014 11:16:34 AM PST by Optimist
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To: bert
I guess Sen. Corker's efforts are the “Republican dirty tricks” the liberal socialist pro-union folks are crying about on tv.
Doesn't occur to them that maybe the workers figured out for themselves that the union would kill their jobs.
10 posted on 02/15/2014 11:22:47 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: mandaladon

I wonder how many of the 626 “yes” voters had a “friendly” visit from UAW thug organizers.


11 posted on 02/15/2014 11:24:25 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: fatnotlazy

The two are not mutually exclusive.

Even if he knew the outcome would be favorable, the opportunity to kick the crap out of the union by acting on behalf of his corporate constituent and his voters was just big an opportunity to for go.


12 posted on 02/15/2014 11:30:43 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: mandaladon
...even President Barack Obama waded into the discussion early on Friday, accusing Republican politicians of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers. Same old class warfare argument.

Hey! Bozo! This vote means more jobs here in the US, not in Mexico. How about dropping the political posturing and look at the facts. You and Karl Marx are not welcomed in TN. Indeed, if I had my druthers, you wouldn't be welcomed anywhere in the Western Hemisphere.

13 posted on 02/15/2014 11:42:27 AM PST by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: mandaladon

What does Ed Schultz have to say? (besides “oink”)


14 posted on 02/15/2014 11:48:45 AM PST by ozzymandus
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To: mandaladon
I was perusing this story at Huffington Post...

Basically the majority of the moonbats over there think "Southern" people have some type of psychological disorder that makes them vote against their best interest and hate unions for no apparent reason...

Quite humorous to read their comments...so full of their moronic selfs and thinking they understand the south...

15 posted on 02/15/2014 11:50:38 AM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: mandaladon

I wonder if the UCAW (United Communist Auto ‘Workers’) will say that the vote was a fraud. Hey, UCAW, the VW workers told you to F off. You wreck America’s automobile companies, now you are trying to wreck the others? No, we won’t bail them out if you do wreck them.


16 posted on 02/15/2014 12:07:57 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: mandaladon

Perfect result considering the brown Midas offered his uninvited opinion days earlier.


17 posted on 02/15/2014 12:08:11 PM PST by BillyBonebrake
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To: mandaladon

UAW is scum. Let it die a painful death.


18 posted on 02/15/2014 12:45:15 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: mandaladon

Bump and bookmark


19 posted on 02/15/2014 1:11:55 PM PST by FBD
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20 posted on 02/15/2014 1:14:50 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: econjack

“German shareholders”? Really? The Clown said that?! What, am I not allowed to own a piece of VW? Does VW create jobs in the USA that benefit AMERICAN CITIZENS?

I swear to God, Obama speaks economic moronics.


21 posted on 02/15/2014 1:22:33 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: mandaladon
The Clown got 51% of the popular vote in 2012....
the NO UNION AT VW plant got 53% of the popular vote.

Ergo, the anti-union vote was more popular than the pro-Obama vote if we speak of percentage of win.

22 posted on 02/15/2014 1:28:02 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: mandaladon

How long before the regime simply orders the plant unionized?


23 posted on 02/15/2014 5:35:15 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: mandaladon

Why can’t a US auto company locate in a Southern right-to-work state so it doesn’t have to deal with the UAW?


24 posted on 02/15/2014 5:36:25 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: ExCTCitizen
There are reports the UAW is planning an appeal to the Labor Relations Board...
25 posted on 02/15/2014 5:40:46 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: TBP

Looks like they did.


26 posted on 02/15/2014 5:42:16 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I was talking about an American company, a GM, Ford, Chrysler, or any new American car company that someone might choose to create. Here, we’re talking about Volkswagen, with the union targeting Mercedes, BMW, and other foreign car makers with American plants.


27 posted on 02/15/2014 8:24:19 PM PST by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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