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UAW withdraws Volkswagen election objections
United Automobile Workers (UAW) ^ | 4/21/14 | United Automobile Workers (UAW)

Posted on 04/21/2014 3:24:58 PM PDT by mdittmar

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW announced today it is withdrawing objections filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding February's vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, effectively terminating the NLRB review process.

UAW President Bob King said the decision was made in the best interests of Volkswagen employees, the automaker, and economic development in Chattanooga. King said the UAW based its decision on the belief that the NLRB’s historically dysfunctional and complex process potentially could drag on for months or even years. Additionally, the UAW cited refusals by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker to participate in a transparent legal discovery process, which undermines public trust and confidence.

“The unprecedented political interference by Gov. Haslam, Sen. Corker and others was a distraction for Volkswagen employees and a detour from achieving Tennessee’s economic priorities,” King said. “The UAW is ready to put February’s tainted election in the rearview mirror and instead focus on advocating for new jobs and economic investment in Chattanooga.”

UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel, who directs the union’s Southern region, echoed that the UAW’s focus is advocating for Volkswagen to create more jobs in Tennessee by adding a new SUV line at the Chattanooga plant. The Haslam administration in August offered nearly $300 million in incentives to bring the new SUV to Chattanooga, but attempted to make the investment contingent on whether the Chattanooga plant is organized. The Haslam administration’s contingency is contrary to Volkswagen’s successful business model, which is premised on worker representation.

“The UAW wants to help create quality jobs and build world-class products for American consumers,” Casteel said. “With this in mind, we urge Gov. Haslam to immediately extend the incentives that previously were offered to Volkswagen for this new SUV line, and do so unconditionally.”

King said the UAW has accomplished a major goal with its election objections. “The UAW’s objections informed the public about the unprecedented interference by anti-labor politicians and third parties who want to prevent workers from exercising their democratic right to choose union representation,” he said.

King also said that outdated federal laws governing the NLRB never contemplated the level of extreme intimidation and interference that occurred in Chattanooga. Even if the NLRB ordered a new election — the board’s only available remedy under current law — nothing would stop politicians and anti-union organizations from again interfering.

Looking ahead, the UAW believes the congressional inquiry into the Haslam administration’s incentives threat to Volkswagen provides the best opportunity for additional scrutiny. The UAW will ask Congress to examine the use of federal funds in the state’s incentives threat, in order to protect Tennessee jobs and workers in the future.

“Frankly, Congress is a more effective venue for publicly examining the now well-documented threat,” King said. “We commend Congressmen George Miller and John Tierney for their leadership on this matter, and look forward to seeing the results of their inquiry.”

TOPICS: Germany; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: alreadyposted; billhaslam; bobcorker; bobking; cardcheck; chattanooga; georgemiller; germany; johntierney; nlrb; tennessee; uaw; union; volkswagen
They were gonna lose at the NLRB;)
1 posted on 04/21/2014 3:24:58 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

No open, fair, democratic election is ever over until the Left gets what it wants.

Once the Left gets what it wants, there is no further need for open, fair, democratic elections.

2 posted on 04/21/2014 3:30:18 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: mdittmar

Bammy has rigged the NLRB to be a pro-Union kangaroo court. Their case must really have stunk.

3 posted on 04/21/2014 3:31:50 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Steely Tom

They obviously have figured out a BACKDOOR way to get it done.

They NEVER EVER give up.

4 posted on 04/21/2014 3:33:02 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: mdittmar

I’ve written this several times in threads on the UAW and the VW plant in Chattanooga.

Why this plant and why now? Why the sudden interest by UAW? TN has several non-union auto plants ran by Nissan and Ford. The UAW never goes all out with media wars with them. And what about the Mercedes plant in Alabama? Or the BMW one in SC(?), etc.?

5 posted on 04/21/2014 3:34:15 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Conseravtives are all that's left to defend the Constitution. Dems hate it, and Repubs don't care.)
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Maybe it has less to do with the model and more to do with the political leanings or demographics of the workforce.

Just a guess...

6 posted on 04/21/2014 3:36:56 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: mdittmar

TRANSLATION: the union needs their unionizing fund to spend more money on mid-term elections, so actually fighting to unionize a shop must take a back seat in funding priorities.

7 posted on 04/21/2014 3:39:07 PM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? .)
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To: Southack

IOW the Dems need the money to rig the midterms which provides more return on investment than rigging the VW vote. very perceptive.


8 posted on 04/21/2014 4:08:51 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: mdittmar

They didn’t withdraw. They’re waiting until after the elections.

9 posted on 04/21/2014 4:37:48 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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