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Unions Request a "Do-Over" in Failed Chattanooga Union Vote
Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Michael Schaus

Posted on 03/11/2014 12:33:45 PM PDT by Kaslin

What do you do when a union vote doesn’t go your way? Well, if you are the United Auto Workers union, you ask for a “re-do”. The UAW has asked the National Labor Relations Board to reconsider their failed attempt to unionize Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, because… Well because they think it was unfair that anti-union voices were allowed to make their case on TV, highway billboards, and newspaper columns. In other words: the UAW feels they were unfairly outgunned by free-speech.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

The UAW has filed an election objection with the labor board alleging that Republican politicians conducted “a coordinated and widely-publicized coercive campaign” to deprive “workers of their federally-protected right” to “support and select the UAW as their exclusive representative.”

Um… What about the “federally protected right” to free speech? Or does that pesky First Amendment not really apply to Republicans? The union feels as if the anti-unionization case made by outside parties (without the authorization, or endorsement of Volkswagen) constitutes an interference in the vote… It’s a pretty audacious claim, when one considers that the “victim” in this case is one of the nation’s most powerful lobbying and fundraising instrument for progressive causes.

Apparently, the UAW is under the impression that folks like Grover Norquist, Senator Bob Corker, and Republican backed activist groups used intimidation to compel workers to vote against the unionization of VW’s Chattanooga plant. The claim is pretty rich, coming from an organization that has showed strong solidarity with unions that post the names of Michigan workers who opted out of union contracts. It’s kinda like Al Capone complaining that Elliot Ness is “too intimidating”; then appealing for a re-trial on tax evasion.

Union President Bob King said that “it’s an outrage that politically motivated third parties threatened the economic future of this facility and the opportunity for workers to create a successful operating model that that would grow jobs in Tennessee.” (Right… Because Motor City’s bankrupt auto manufacturers are such “successful operating models”.) Well, Bob, that’s one interpretation of what happened. Other people, like the 712 workers who voted against the union, might say that such opposition forces were expressing legitimate concerns over unionization.

I mean, heck, only 7 percent of the private workforce is currently unionized… Couldn’t it just be that workers in Tennessee didn’t feel like paying union dues to a Democrat fundraising outfit (cleverly disguised as a labor union)?

Of course, the request for an election re-do is only the latest episode in the union’s temper-tantrum. The eerily Marxist website, workers.org (seriously… their motto is “workers of the world unite”, and their logo is a big red star... Joe McCarthy would have a heart attack...), immediately claimed that the vote to remain union-free was inspired mostly by southern racism. Their reasoning was built on the foundation that southerners generally oppose abortion-rights, gun control, and other “liberal” causes. Apparently, concern over your union dues being used to promote “liberal” causes is racist… Congratulations Tennessee: You all cling to guns, religion, and antipathy toward people who are not like you. (Have we heard that line before?)

The real reason people in Chattanooga didn’t seem thrilled about unionizing: Detroit. Oh, and maybe workers don’t like the idea of compulsory donations to the Democrat Party.

Apparently calling “scabs” and non-union workers a bunch of racist morons is not intimidation… But going on public television and expressing concern over the effects that unionization might have on the state’s ability to attract more manufacturing jobs is grounds for voiding inconvenient outcomes… I think we’re starting to get the picture. (Conservatives are racist, and non-union workers are brainwashed subjects of massive voter intimidation… But, yeah: I’m the type of guy that wears a tin-foil hat.)

Basically, the UAW is upset because opposition voices were allowed to express their opinions (Gasp!). Heaven forbid workers be exposed to both sides of an argument!!!

By the way, VW stayed definitively neutral – even pro-union at times. In fact, according to Forbes:

Although politicians were outspoken, Volkswagen remained neutral during the organizing campaign. It hopes to establish a European-style “works council” in Chattanooga, as it has at other plants around the world. Under U.S. labor law, however, that model of labor-management relations requires the existence of a union.

So… Even though VW did it’s best to remain neutral – despite it’s clear bias toward establishing a union presence – the mere existence of anti-union commentary made the election “unfair” in the eyes of the union. (Maybe the UAW would like to adopt Harvard style censorship in lieu of the First Amendment?)

The UAW’s tantrum, and subsequent request for a second vote, is yet another example of the Left’s intolerance for dissent. They call the opposition “racist”, and immediately request a rematch because their political opponents were allowed the opportunity to exercise freedom of speech.

The new slogan of the collectivist Left: “Workers of the world unite!” (So long as they unite in support of Democrat fundraising machines like the UAW.)


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: automakers; laborunions; manufacturing; uaw; unions; unionworkers; vw

1 posted on 03/11/2014 12:33:45 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Big Labor’s Top Ten Special Privileges

Labor union officials enjoy many extraordinary powers and immunities that were created by legislatures and the courts. Union officials claim to rely on the support of rank-and-file workers. Yet, they clamor in the political arena to secure and expand their government-granted powers, including the powers to shake down workers for financial support and even to wage campaigns of violent retaliation against non-union employees.

The following list of special privileges reveals the extent to which union bosses have rigged our nation’s labor laws in their favor.

Privilege #1: Exemption from prosecution for union violence.

The most egregious example of organized labor’s special privileges and immunities is the 1973 United States v. Enmons decision. In it, the United States Supreme Court held that union violence is exempted from the Hobbs Act, which makes it a federal crime to obstruct interstate commerce by robbery or extortion. As a result, thousands of incidents of violent assaults (directed mostly against workers) by union militants have gone unpunished. Meanwhile, many states also restrict the authority of law enforcement to enforce laws during strikes.

Privilege #2: Exemption from anti-monopoly laws.

The Clayton Act of 1914 exempts unions from anti-monopoly laws, enabling union officials to forcibly drive out independent or alternative employee bargaining groups.

Privilege #3: Power to force employees to accept unwanted union representation.

Monopoly bargaining, or “exclusive representation,” which is embedded in most of the country’s labor relations statutes, enables union officials to act as the exclusive bargaining agents of all employees at a unionized workplace, thereby depriving employees of the right to make their own employment contracts. For example, the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) of 1935, the Federal Labor Relations Act (FLRA) of 1978, and the Railway Labor Act (RLA) of 1926 prohibit employees from negotiating their own contracts with their employers or choosing their own workplace representatives.

Privilege #4: Power to collect forced union dues.

Unlike other private organizations, unions can compel individuals to support them financially. In 26 states under the NLRA (those that have not passed Right to Work laws), all states under the RLA, on “exclusive federal enclaves,” and in many states under public sector labor relations acts, employees may be forced to pay union dues as a condition of employment, even if they reject union affiliation.

Privilege #5: Unlimited, undisclosed electioneering.

The Federal Election Campaign Act exempts unions from its limits on campaign contributions and expenditures, as well as some of its reporting requirements. Union bigwigs can spend unlimited amounts on communications to members and their families in support of, or opposition to, candidates for federal office, and they need not report these expenditures if they successfully claim that union publications are primarily devoted to other subjects. For years, the politically active National Education Association (NEA) teacher union has gotten away with claiming zero political expenditures on its IRS tax forms!

Privilege #6: Ability to strong-arm employers into negotiations.

Unlike all other parties in the economic marketplace, union officials can compel employers to bargain with them. The NLRA, FLRA, and RLA make it illegal for employers to resist a union’s collective bargaining efforts and difficult for them to counter aggressive and deceptive campaigns waged by union organizers.

Privilege #7: Right to trespass on an employer’s private property.

The Norris-LaGuardia Act of 1932 (and state anti-injunction acts) give union activists immunity from injunctions against trespass on an employer’s property.

Privilege #8: Ability of strikers to keep jobs despite refusing to work.

Unlike other employees, unionized employees in the private sector have the right to strike; that is, to refuse to work while keeping their job. In some cases, it is illegal for employers to hire replacement workers, even to avert bankruptcy. Meanwhile, union officials demonize replacement workers as “scabs” to set them up for retaliation.

Privilege #9: Union-only cartels on construction projects.

Under so-called project labor agreements, governments (local, state, or federal) award contracts for construction on major projects such as highways, airports, and stadiums exclusively to unionized firms. Such practices effectively lock-out qualified contractors and employees who refuse to submit to exclusive union bargaining, forced union dues, and wasteful union work rules. So far, just three states have outlawed these discriminatory and costly union-only pacts.

Privilege #10: Government funding of forced unionism.

On top of all of the special powers and immunities granted to organized labor, politicians even pour taxpayer money straight into union coffers. Union groups receive upwards of $160 million annually in direct federal grants. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In 2001, the federal Department of Labor doled out $148 million for “international labor programs” overwhelmingly controlled by an AFL-CIO front group. Federal bureaucrats spend approximately $2.6 billion per year on “job training programs” that, under the Workforce Investment Act, must be administered by boards filled with union officials. Union bosses also benefit from a plethora of state and local government giveaways.

2 posted on 03/11/2014 12:36:34 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: Kaslin

The workers at VW-Chattanooga did unite... and told the UAW to go pound sand.


3 posted on 03/11/2014 12:39:04 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Kaslin

Union is following standard protocol, happens all the time.


4 posted on 03/11/2014 12:39:08 PM PDT by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: Kaslin

FU UAW.


5 posted on 03/11/2014 12:39:35 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Kaslin

Let the American people have a do-over with Obama/Biden and the union can have their do-over.


6 posted on 03/11/2014 12:39:47 PM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Kaslin; All

“Unions Request a “Do-Over” in Failed Chattanooga Union Vote”

And this time...this time with more INTIMIDATION!!!


7 posted on 03/11/2014 12:47:00 PM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: Kaslin

Standard leftist position - keep voting until you get the result you want. Then everything’s settled and no more votes are needed.


8 posted on 03/11/2014 12:49:08 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: Kaslin

Agreed . . . IF we can have a “do-over” of the Congressional Obamacare vote. . . .


9 posted on 03/11/2014 12:51:05 PM PDT by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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To: Kaslin

“DO OVER” ?

Really?

They just want another chance to do a better FIX on the vote count!!


10 posted on 03/11/2014 12:56:13 PM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: SMARTY

The unions are run like commies run things. They are an embarrassment to themselves. Thugs.


11 posted on 03/11/2014 1:00:56 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Kaslin

“Keep voting, comrades, until we win!”


12 posted on 03/11/2014 1:02:32 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Kaslin

Another recall vote. How’d that work out for ya lately?


13 posted on 03/11/2014 1:03:08 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Kaslin

Keep voting till they win, then it’s settled law


14 posted on 03/11/2014 1:05:18 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Kaslin

Have they ever agreed to a do-over after winning?


15 posted on 03/11/2014 1:09:09 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (....Let It Burn...)
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To: Kaslin

A bunch of sniveling self serving RATS. WAH!


16 posted on 03/11/2014 1:22:11 PM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: Kaslin

“And we’ll KEEP re-voting until you vote the way we WANT you to!”


17 posted on 03/11/2014 1:22:52 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Proud2BeRight

I could agree with that.

As long as ALL election laws are vigorously enforced during each ‘do-over’.


18 posted on 03/11/2014 1:23:51 PM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th (and 17th))
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To: Blood of Tyrants

honestly, i thought this article was sarcasm... like Semi-News, John Semmens...


19 posted on 03/11/2014 1:25:59 PM PDT by latina4dubya (when i have money i buy books... if i have anything left, i buy 6-inch heels and a bottle of wine...)
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To: Kaslin

Given the way the Tennessee legislature threatened VW and how Corker stuck his nose in I wouldn’t be surprised if they get a second vote. But what will the UAW do if they get even fewer votes the second time around? What will that do to them?


20 posted on 03/11/2014 1:26:21 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Kaslin

And you can bet that Obama’s thugs will be all behind this effort, seen and unseen.


21 posted on 03/11/2014 1:29:43 PM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Kaslin

Well, if “do overs” are allowed now, how about a “do over” on the last presidential election?


22 posted on 03/11/2014 1:47:10 PM PDT by Qiviut (It's hard to be a donk if you're sane & it's hard to be a pubbie if you have any integrity.)
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To: areukiddingme1

Prediction:

They will get their do-over.
The NRLB will impose Card Check rules.
The UAW will win.
They will try to sue Bob Corker.


23 posted on 03/11/2014 2:07:57 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

United Auto Workers union cries ‘Mommy’ to Labor Relations Board for a re-vote at Tennessee VW

No one likes a sore loser, but the United Auto Workers doesn’t seem to care.

When two small groups of workers fought the union’s intervention, the United Auto Workers and the Volkswagen Group of America immediately took offense. In a prepared statement, Volkswagen officials said the National Right to Work Foundation and Southern Momentum were unwarranted in their attempts to counter the United Auto Workers’ appeal.

The union argued that the two groups lacked jurisdiction to intercede, since neither was a labor organization or a party to the election.

http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/03/11/united-auto-workers-union-cries-mommy-to-labor-relations-board-for-a-re-vote-at-tennessee-vw-105658


24 posted on 03/11/2014 2:09:03 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Kaslin

Since VW wanted the Union, then the Union’s stance is there should have been no campaigning against the referendum by anybody, not even workers who opposed the Union. That seems to be the rationale, and Obastard’s NLRB will probably find for the Union and call another election.


25 posted on 03/11/2014 2:14:51 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Kaslin

Why not just have Obama decide how the election should have gone?


26 posted on 03/11/2014 4:22:18 PM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: Kaslin

Why - did someone break a few arms or something...........


27 posted on 03/11/2014 4:25:32 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

bkmk


28 posted on 03/11/2014 4:50:28 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44
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To: Kaslin

The NLRB is heavily biased in favor of the union, so they will get their do-over. They will be given all the time they want to seed their propaganda and flip some votes in the meantime. Don’t know if VW is still expanding and hiring but they will assume that newer workers are more pro-union so they will delay the vote until more workers are hired.


29 posted on 03/11/2014 7:47:30 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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