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Update: AP Revision to VW-Chattanooga Story Laments UAW's Loss of 'Potential Watershed Moment'
Newsbusters.org ^ | February 15, 2014 | Tom Blumer

Posted on 02/15/2014 11:07:12 AM PST by Kaslin

Following revisions to initial stories at the Associated Press, aka the Adminstration's Press, can be a revealing if sometimes tedious exercise.

A case in point is how reporters Tom Krisher and Erik Schelzig, who are both more than likely represented by the News Media Guild in their jobs at the wire service, changed the tone of their second report following the rejection by employees at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant of representation by the United Auto Workers union. And speaking of changed tones, UAW President Bob King suddenly moved from conciliatory to confrontational in the 3-1/2 hours between the first and second AP reports.

Let's compare the two reports' headlines and their opening two and three paragraphs, respectively (bolds are mine throughout this post):

11:17 p.m. Friday (excerpted at this NewsBusters post early this morning; AP's flushes original reports at its national site down the memory hole once revisions appear; the older version can still be found here, but that may change)

VW WORKERS AT TENNESSEE PLANT REJECT UNION

Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union's effort to organize Southern factories.

The 712-626 vote released late Friday stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches.

2:52 a.m. Saturday

UAW FALLS 87 VOTES SHORT OF MAJOR VICTORY IN SOUTH

Just 87 votes at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee separated the United Auto Workers union from what would have been its first successful organization of workers at a foreign automaker in the South.

Instead of celebrating a potential watershed moment for labor politics in the region, UAW supporters were left crestfallen by the 712-626 vote against union representation in the election that ended Friday night.

The result stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches.

The first report's headline and opening paragraph represented the real news, namely that workers rejected union representation in an election. The second report completely changes the focus to a lament about how the UAW came so close.

It would be interesting to see if Krisher and Schelzig had "victory!" verbiage prepared in advance. The discussion of a "watershed moment for labor politics" in a report about a loss which they described as "devastating" in their first report would seem to indicate that they had it in reserve and decided to use it, even in defeat.

As to King's attitude change, here is how the two AP reports compare:

11:17 p.m. Friday

King, however, stuck to statements he made earlier that the union would seek a vote and respect any decision made by workers.

"While we certainly would have liked a victory for workers here, we deeply respect the Volkswagen Global Group Works Council, Volkswagen management and IG Metall for doing their best to create a free and open atmosphere for workers to exercise their basic human right to form a union," King said in a statement.

2:52 a.m. Saturday

After 53 percent of the workers voted against his union, King said he was outraged at what he called "outside interference" in the election. He wouldn't rule out challenging the outcome with the National Labor Relations Board.

"It's never happened in this country before that the U.S. senator, the governor, the leader of the House, the legislature here, threatened the company with no incentives, threatened workers with a loss of product," King said. "We'll look at all our options in the next few days."

As far as I can tell, no one threatened anyone.

Republican Volunteer State Senator Bob Corker did tell reporters Wednesday, according to a Reuters report, that he had "been 'assured' that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build."

That's not a threat. As I observed last night, if Corker's statement is true, there isn't any good reason why he shouldn't be allowed to say it.

In the first report, the AP reporters noted that local UAW officials were considering challenging the results, but that King wasn't going along with the idea. It would appear that the union chief saw his militancy bona fides slipping away, and is now singing from the sore losers' hymnal.

AP's second report did contain what should be a useful contribution to the national labor relations discussion:

VW wanted a German-style "works council" in Chattanooga to give employees a say over working conditions. The company says U.S. law won't allow it without an independent union.


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1 posted on 02/15/2014 11:07:12 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
UAW FALLS 87 VOTES SHORT OF MAJOR VICTORY IN SOUTH

This would have been a MAJOR DEFEAT for hardworking American workers.

2 posted on 02/15/2014 11:23:04 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: Kaslin

The UAW did not lose the “watershed moment”, in fact, the moment was of surprising importance to them, and they got to “enjoy” every bit of it.

The old call for voting in a union, in whatever enterprise, is losing its allure and luster. Unions have, quite successfully at times, managed to close down many industries in those localities where no countervailing force has or ever could resist their demands and sometimes absurd grievances.

It has been YEARS since any union could deliver more to the potential members of the workforce than the individual could carve out for himself, and only the incompetent think that they could earn some kind of workplace “justice” by withholding commitment to quality products or by work stoppages altogether.

Labor is a fungible commodity, and no man is indispensable in any production procedure. Add to that the capability to automate most repetitive jobs, and the really sharp competition between employers for the adaptable and capable potential employee, and there is a bidding war for really good managers and floor people.

Nobody’s job is ever really safe, in that effort may be relaxed upon attaining the position. The question shall always be, “What have you done for me lately?”


3 posted on 02/15/2014 11:36:14 AM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: Kaslin

I wonder how much the UAW spent and how many union official man hours were spent PER VOTE for each of the 626 votes they received.

I’m sure they spent a fortune in this losing endeavor and the only thing they got to take home was pockets filled with defeat. Props to the Tennessee auto workers—they’re a lot smarter than those in Detroit.


4 posted on 02/15/2014 11:36:38 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: Kaslin

Why do the unions use the term ‘worker’ instead of employee? If more of these schmoozed knew the intent of the union the vote would not have been so close.


5 posted on 02/15/2014 12:01:01 PM PST by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Kaslin

The winner here is Chattanooga unless they prefer to end up like Detroit.


6 posted on 02/15/2014 12:02:50 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: House Atreides
Props to the Tennessee auto workers—they’re a lot smarter than those in Detroit.

That vote was pretty close and current union members aren't as unified as the union leadership would like us to believe. In fact Terry Bowman of the Union Conservatives was in Tennessee warning VW employees against joining his union.
7 posted on 02/15/2014 12:09:17 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: alloysteel
The UAW also spent a ton of money trying to change the Michigan constitution to make the state a permanent forced union state.

The result? A crushing defeat at the polls that prompted state lawmakers to make Michigan a RTW state!

Bob King admitted that he was warned not to put his forced union proposal on the ballot, but like all union thugs, was too stupid to listen.

8 posted on 02/15/2014 12:13:51 PM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Kaslin

GREAT NEWS!

THRILLED the UAW LOST!

Let freedom ring!


9 posted on 02/15/2014 12:24:25 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Definitely.


10 posted on 02/15/2014 12:43:33 PM PST by rdb3 (Get out the putter, this one's on the green.)
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To: Kaslin

IDEAL HEADLINE: “TENN WORKERS SUCCESSFULLY AVERT BAILOUT-RIDDEN, INSOLVENT, CORRUPT, INCENTIVE DESTROYING, COERCIVE INSTITUTIONAL SCHEME.”


11 posted on 02/15/2014 1:02:47 PM PST by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: onyx

12 posted on 02/15/2014 1:05:21 PM PST by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: jwalsh07

13 posted on 02/15/2014 1:09:38 PM PST by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: 4Liberty

14 posted on 02/15/2014 1:11:05 PM PST by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: 4Liberty
PREFECT !©

15 posted on 02/15/2014 1:11:56 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Kaslin

With a closet muslim in the USA White House and muslims turning Europe into an Islamic stronghold there is almost no place on earth, other than Israel, where a Jew can find sanctuary.


16 posted on 02/15/2014 1:37:29 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: alloysteel

Why were auto workers so red hot to join the UAW during the 30s-50s?


17 posted on 02/15/2014 1:52:00 PM PST by AceMineral (Some people are slaves of their own stupidity.)
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To: AceMineral

The UAW made auto workers some of the best compensated employees in US industry. It wasn’t sustainable, but it was easy to see the attraction.

Same reason the entitlement army voted in Obama.


18 posted on 02/15/2014 1:57:28 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: cripplecreek

“...That vote was pretty close and current union members aren’t as unified as the union leadership would like us to believe. In fact Terry Bowman of the Union Conservatives was in Tennessee warning VW employees against joining his union.”
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Thanks, I didn’t know about Unionconservatives. Terry Bowman has a lot of guts operating within the “belly of the beast” as he does.


19 posted on 02/15/2014 2:42:59 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: Kaslin

Ubama didn’t pack the NLRB with Alinskyites and break a promise to the GOPe by appointing Richard Griffin, Jr. General Counsel to let a little thing like an honest certification election stand in the way of all those union dues funneling into the DemoncRAT party.


20 posted on 02/15/2014 2:44:30 PM 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: House Atreides

There isn’t a whole lot on their page but the Union Conservatives are operating in something like 35 states now. They helped with the language of the right to work law here in Michigan which made it unstoppable.

Bowman himself testified against the UAW over political fundraising on capitol hill. Just today he announced that he was seriously considering a run for congress against John Dingell as a republican.

http://www.unionconservatives.com/


21 posted on 02/15/2014 3:03:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Iron Munro

I am not sure what your comments have to do with the article


22 posted on 02/15/2014 3:31:53 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
The NLRB will step in and find something wrong with the way the election was conducted.

The life blood of the Democrat party is union dues.

23 posted on 02/15/2014 3:48:28 PM 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: E. Pluribus Unum

Administrative press i like it.


24 posted on 02/15/2014 5:18:05 PM PST by gooblah (gooblah)
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To: Kaslin

If you look around the Internet for example in the Washington Post, you’ll see articles that were prewritten before the vote that assumed the vote would go for the union


25 posted on 02/15/2014 10:43:57 PM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: cripplecreek
There isn’t a whole lot on their page but the Union Conservatives are operating in something like 35 states now.

Thanks for that info-I sent them an e-mail asking if they have anything here in Alaska. My workplace recently tried to de-certify the Teamsters and our petition was denied by the NLRB (surprise, surprise.)

26 posted on 02/16/2014 1:54:16 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: nascarnation
The UAW made auto workers some of the best compensated employees in US industry. It wasn’t sustainable, but it was easy to see the attraction.

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That should be a lesson model for all liberal programs....as they are ALL unsustainable.

27 posted on 02/16/2014 1:58:43 PM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: GATOR NAVY

My neighbor is a union steward and he’s a member of the Union Conservatives.


28 posted on 02/16/2014 2:07:01 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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