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UAW challenges result of Tennessee VW plant union vote
Reuters ^ | 20 Feb 2014 | KEVIN DRAWBAUGH

Posted on 02/21/2014 4:10:51 PM PST by mandaladon

The United Auto Workers filed an appeal with the U.S. government on Friday, asking it to set aside the results of an election last week in which workers at a Tennessee Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) plant voted not to join the union.

Citing what it called "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups," the UAW said the U.S. National Labor Relations Board would investigate the election and decide if there are grounds to scrap it and hold a new one.

The move by the union escalates a battle with anti-union Republicans that has intensified as the UAW, its membership rolls in decline, has tried hard to organize workers at foreign-owned, non-union auto plants across the American South.

Labor lawyers and academics said last week it would be difficult for the union to make a case for setting aside the election. They said labor law does not limit what can be said in a union election campaign by politicians, as long as they are stating their own views and not doing the bidding of management.

The law does strictly limit the statements that can be made by management and the union itself, they said.

An NLRB spokesman said the UAW will have seven days to provide evidence. An NLRB regional director will investigate and a hearing will likely follow. Chattanooga falls under the purview of the board's regional director in Atlanta.

The UAW said in a statement that its appeal details "a coordinated and widely publicized coercive campaign conducted by politicians and outside organizations to deprive Volkswagen workers of their federally protected right to join a union."

The election loss at the plant in Chattanooga was a blow to the UAW, which spent two years trying to convince the workers there to unionize, but still lost, even with the support of VW.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: unions
Obama recently got a majority of Democrats appointed to the five-member NLRB, which is historically more pro-union when Democrats hold the White House, and less so when Republicans do.........................Let's hope the RATS don't overturn the elections results.
1 posted on 02/21/2014 4:10:51 PM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

Well, well, well...I wonder how Obama’s corrupt NLRB DhimmicRat majority will rule?


2 posted on 02/21/2014 4:13:25 PM PST by House Atreides
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To: mandaladon

They will hold election after election after election, until the union wins. Then there will be no more elections.


3 posted on 02/21/2014 4:13:59 PM PST by fhayek
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To: mandaladon

Sure, I’ll hold my breath on that one...


4 posted on 02/21/2014 4:14:26 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: mandaladon
This goes to Obama's kangaroo court NLRB. Reversal is a lock.

But the Supreme Court is hearing a case challenging Dear Leader's recess appointments to the Board, so this Board may not be the one that would hear the case.

5 posted on 02/21/2014 4:17:32 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: House Atreides

Now, now. I’m sure the nlrd will be fair and square about the whole thing. They are bound to be objective. Right? Right? Hello. Hmmm. Just crickets.


6 posted on 02/21/2014 4:17:46 PM PST by rktman (Under my plan(scheme),unemployment will necessarily skyrocket! Despite the % dropping. Period.)
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How can anybody intimidate somebody to vote a certain way in a secret ballot? I would think intimidation would be counter productive unless the employee feels that his vote will not truly be secret.


7 posted on 02/21/2014 4:20:45 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: mandaladon

Mr. Bottom put his fellow Commies on the NLRB illegally, using recess appointments while the Senate was still in session. At least these criminal acts are being challenged, if others are not. Any decisions issued by the poofter’s goons will be nullified.

Impeach the Negro.

There, I said it!


8 posted on 02/21/2014 4:23:37 PM PST by twister881
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To: mandaladon

This isn’t going nowhere, and here’s why: TN is a powerhouse of manufacturing and jobs, and it is ranked #1 to retire (better than TX). The state is so red, it bleeds. So if the NRLB does overturn this, TN will tell VW to pound sand.


9 posted on 02/21/2014 4:24:33 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: dsrtsage

That’s why the union thugs want card check instead of secret ballots, precisely so they can intimidate workers. See: Steelworkers Local 401 in Philly; members & associates brought up on RICO charges. They beat up independent contractors with baseball bats and even destroyed a Quaker meeting house.


10 posted on 02/21/2014 4:29:47 PM PST by twister881
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To: twister881

Aren;t you brave?


11 posted on 02/21/2014 4:31:57 PM PST by billhilly
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To: mandaladon
Standard play book for liberals:
manipulate the vote, if that doesn't work-
demand a recount, if that doesn't work-
find a sympathetic judge and ask for the election to be thrown out.
12 posted on 02/21/2014 4:48:01 PM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: mandaladon

Isn’t the UAW an “outside interest group”? They have no ownership stake in VW


13 posted on 02/21/2014 4:52:41 PM PST by Cyclone59 (Where are we going, and what's with the handbasket?)
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To: mandaladon

I do not recognize obama as the presumptive president i want a recount and if that does not work i want another vote. see two can play at this game.


14 posted on 02/21/2014 4:55:32 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: dsrtsage
How can anybody intimidate somebody to vote a certain way in a secret ballot?

Especially when management wants the union to win as did Volksvagen's.

15 posted on 02/21/2014 4:56:27 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: fhayek
Teacher unions NEVER let people re-affirm (via vote) unionization once it's in power. Some unions have been in power for DECADES and all of the current employees never officially voted to AGREE to that compulsory collectivist institution (method of bargaining/contracting)! Suddenly votes "matter," regular re-votes "matter" to 'make sure' employees have truly rejected [read: want] mob rule.......
16 posted on 02/21/2014 5:12:36 PM PST by 4Liberty (Optimal institutions - optimal economy.)
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To: mandaladon

meanwhile, their goons in the plant are going to go to work on just 44 guys; just enough to switch which side a majority would fall to in a new vote


17 posted on 02/21/2014 5:23:56 PM PST by Wuli
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To: mandaladon

The UAW has confidence they can terrorize enough workers and
their families to get the reults they want in a second election.


18 posted on 02/21/2014 5:33:17 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: mandaladon

I heard the CEO of VW made some idiotic statement regarding this also. Anybody have further info on this?


19 posted on 02/21/2014 5:58:47 PM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: fhayek

You are right. They’ll just keep saving the pro union ballots from each election and resubmitting them over and over until they accumulate enough to declare themselves the “winner.”


20 posted on 02/21/2014 6:01:15 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: mandaladon

The commie pigs are sore losers. They all need to be run out of our country. Take their thievery somewhere else.


21 posted on 02/21/2014 6:52:05 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: mandaladon
Citing what it called "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups," the UAW said the U.S. National Labor Relations Board would investigate the election and decide if there are grounds to scrap it and hold a new one.

Funny how the UAW appears to be able to order the NLRB to do things. You'd think they would say "the UAW said it was ASKING the NLRB to investigate". Rather than showing that they seem to own the NLRB.

22 posted on 02/21/2014 9:20:41 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: mandaladon

The idiotic comments by that Volkswagen exec gave them reason to think there is a path to union corruption.


23 posted on 02/22/2014 3:23:22 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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