Skip to comments.UAW withdraws Volkswagen election objections
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 NLRBs 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 Tennessees economic priorities, King said. The UAW is ready to put Februarys 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 unions Southern region, echoed that the UAWs 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 administrations contingency is contrary to Volkswagens 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 UAWs 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King also said that outdated federal laws governing the NLRB never contemplated the level of extreme intimidation and interference that occurred in Chattanooga.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 boards 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 administrations 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 states 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.
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.
Bammy has rigged the NLRB to be a pro-Union kangaroo court. Their case must really have stunk.
They obviously have figured out a BACKDOOR way to get it done.
They NEVER EVER give up.
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.?
Just a guess...
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.
IOW the Dems need the money to rig the midterms which provides more return on investment than rigging the VW vote. very perceptive.
They didn’t withdraw. They’re waiting until after the elections.