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Anti-union workers sue Volkswagen, UAW over Tennessee plant
chicagotribune.com/Reuters ^ | 3/13/2014 | Amanda Becker

Posted on 03/13/2014 12:02:57 PM PDT by RoosterRedux

Three anti-union Volkswagen workers have sued the German automaker and the United Auto Workers in a U.S. court, alleging that VW and the union improperly colluded in the run-up to a union election in Tennessee that the UAW lost.

The lawsuit marks the latest fallout from a hard-fought contest at VW's plant in Chattanooga, where workers voted 712-626 last month not to join the UAW. The union is asking federal regulators to scrap that result and hold a new election.

Filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, the complaint alleges VW provided "thing of value" to the UAW in the unionization drive, violating the Labor Management Relations Act (LMRA).

VW managers helped the UAW in days leading up to the mid-February election by agreeing not to oppose its unionization drive, granting the union access to its property and allowing it to meet with employees during work hours, the lawsuit said.

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: automakers; lawsuit; uaw; unions; volkswagen

1 posted on 03/13/2014 12:02:57 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: cripplecreek

Ping.


2 posted on 03/13/2014 12:07:00 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: RoosterRedux

It appears to me that the UAW must have promised VW to keep wages and benefits low in exchange for union dues.

Why else would VW allow the UAW to meet with employees while they were working?


3 posted on 03/13/2014 12:07:34 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeaHawkFan

Sounds to me like Texas is getting a VW plant in the near future.


4 posted on 03/13/2014 12:11:26 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Insurgent Conservative)
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To: SeaHawkFan

VW does not hate unions. Their entire framework depends on it in Germany, so having the UAW meet with employees is not the end of the world.


5 posted on 03/13/2014 12:13:06 PM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: Theoria
VW does not hate unions. .... having the UAW meet with employees is not the end of the world.

Two words here--pattern bargaining. In Europe VW and the unions have a stable relationship. Here, in America, unions grow until they weaken and kill the host. If VW caves in to unions, it will place additional pressure on other plants to cave to unions in what were previously "right to work" states.

6 posted on 03/13/2014 12:21:13 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Theoria

“VW does not hate unions. “

I’ve heard that they want a union at the table. Doesn’t matter to them which one.


7 posted on 03/13/2014 12:21:28 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: SeaHawkFan

“Why else would VW allow the UAW to meet with employees while they were working?”

One article described VW’s management as “touchingly naïve.” They were trying to create the same type of worker’s council they had in Germany. And, the UAW probably led them to believe they would do that. But there’s no way. The union turns the employees into the enemy of management. The workers get rewards for finding violations, so, where I’ve worked, the workers set you up. At one place, they blocked my boss’s office with a file cabinet. Then they waited until he came back, moved it aside to get in and accosted him for moving it, filed a grievance and each got an extra $250 while my boss got written up. As a new and unbriefed employee I carried a $250k piece of equipment to a shelf behind a taped line on the floor. I saw they were eagerly waiting for me, but didn’t feel threatened. Suddenly they were all over me. Again, they all got $250 bucks and I got written up for carrying something past the taped line. Only union members can do that.

Yep, VW is naïve.


8 posted on 03/13/2014 12:26:43 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather

I assume all the mgmt that was around when their UAW unionized plant in Pennsylvania went out of business in the 80s has retired.

Poor corporate memory...


9 posted on 03/13/2014 12:30:17 PM PDT by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Theoria; no-to-illegals; All

I believe in Germany it is called “codetermination” and includes having union reps on the board of directors.


10 posted on 03/13/2014 12:32:16 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Back in the 80’s, VW tried this in Pennsylvania with unions and such. It didn’t work out for them for various reasons.


11 posted on 03/13/2014 12:33:46 PM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: gleeaikin

Hello gleeaikin


12 posted on 03/13/2014 12:35:54 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Gen.Blather

VW has apparently not done its homework about the UAW.


13 posted on 03/13/2014 12:38:17 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: gleeaikin

Can’t explain ... Know you will understand.


14 posted on 03/13/2014 12:39:47 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: gleeaikin

I don’t mind.


15 posted on 03/13/2014 12:46:14 PM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: SeaHawkFan

It seems like during the auto bailout the UAW agreed that new hires would be paid only $14 per hour instead of the previous wages.

If someone else recalls this differently, please post.
Otherwise this would be enough incentive for VW to want a union.


16 posted on 03/13/2014 12:58:53 PM PDT by Whenifhow
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To: nascarnation
Aren't we awaiting a court decision on Obama's appts to the NLRB...which would invalidate hundreds of their decisions?

I think the Dem dominated NLRB is gonna go all in..rule in the UAW's favor...just to create chaos..

17 posted on 03/13/2014 1:21:32 PM PDT by ken5050 (I fear a world run by adults who were never spanked as kids and got trophies just for participating)
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To: RoosterRedux

Hey, don’t like the results of the election? Just demand a new one! Can we do that for 2012?


18 posted on 03/13/2014 1:22:23 PM PDT by logic101.net (How many more children must die on the altar of "gun free zones"?)
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To: RoosterRedux

You guys are awesome.

19 posted on 03/13/2014 2:21:27 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: RoosterRedux
This from a Socialist website, that despite its turgid propaganda, comes up with a lot of interesting info on this and other unions.

Check out The political lessons of the UAW debacle in Tennessee

20 posted on 03/13/2014 2:35:22 PM PDT by Oatka (This is America. Assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Germany is one big union. People are told where and when they can go to school. University is free, but only for the select few. Your occupation is chosen for you along with where you can live in order to pursue the work that the state has selected for you. You may not move without permission, if you do, you love your job and your profession.

In exchange for a stable and compliant work force, German companies agree to hire people for life, give them generous vacations and union representation at management level. This has been a stable system since the days of Bismarck, but is falling apart with the influx of all the auslander including those from the former Communist East.


21 posted on 03/13/2014 4:06:22 PM PDT by centurion316
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