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  • UAW publishing names of ‘scabs’ - aka people who don’t want to join UAW

    10/12/2014 9:05:07 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 12 replies
    cfp ^ | 10/10/14 | d calabrese
    Democrats who hate right-to-work laws in states that have them deride said laws as “right to work for less.” You dumbasses! Why would you not join the union when it’s going to get you more money and protect you from getting fired if you operate machinery drunk and stoned? You don’t know what’s good for you! But shockingly to the unions and their political protectors, some people prefer not to become part of the collective. And their judgment tends to be vindicated when we see how the overlords of the collective behave when this happens. You don’t want to join...
  • Michigan truck driver files coercion charge against UAW union

    10/10/2014 10:14:45 PM PDT · by South40 · 22 replies
    DETROIT (Reuters) - A truck driver in Michigan filed a charge of coercion against the United Auto Workers union for keeping her from exercising her right to quit the union and stop paying dues, according to the National Right to Work Foundation. Michigan became the 24th so-called "right-to-work" U.S. state after a contentious battle in the state's legislature in December 2012. This means that workers cannot be required to join a union or be forced to pay union dues.
  • Unions set up shop at US Daimler plant (UAW/Tuscaloosa AL)

    10/04/2014 4:24:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Oct 2014 07:17 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    The United Auto Workers union said Friday it was creating a chapter at the only factory within auto giant Daimler’s global manufacturing system where workers lack union representation. The local chapter aims to represent the 3,400 US employees at a Mercedes-Benz plant outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in the southern United States, and is being formed with help from German trade union IG Metal.“This is the formation of a local union that will become the bargaining agent for workers at this facility,” said Gary Casteel, UAW secretary treasurer and vice chairman of the Daimler workers committee. “This isn’t a petition for...
  • SIGTARP: Excessive Pay at Bailed-Out GM

    09/30/2014 10:32:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 30, 2014 | Mark Modica
    A special inspector general report on compensation for executives at General Motors and Ally Financial blasts the Treasury Department for allowing excessive pay at the companies as taxpayers lost billions of dollars on the auto bailouts. The watchdog group issuing the report monitors the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which was set up to save financial corporations deemed "too big to fail" due to systemic risk to America's financial system. The program was expanded to allow for the bailing out of the auto industry, despite the questionable use of funds specifically designated for financial institutions. A NY Times piece...
  • The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy Explained in One Chart

    09/11/2014 8:54:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 10, 2014 | Brent Scher
    Koch Brothers go on offensive to expose dark money in politics. The Koch brothers—taking a break from such nefarious endeavors as spending money in support of their political positions and, worse, donating to hospitals—are going on the offensive with a campaign to expose the vast web of dark money spun by the Democracy Alliance. The Democracy Alliance is a secretive left-wing organization which connects big-money progressive donors to a long list of progressive organizations. A chart mapping out all the groups financed by the Democracy Alliance was distributed by Republicans on the Senate floor on Monday, and it makes clear...
  • GM profits plunge on recall costs

    07/27/2014 5:59:43 AM PDT · by TwelveOfTwenty · 13 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | July 24, 2014, 8:10 AM | Not Stated
    General Motors said Thursday that its second-quarter earnings fell 85 percent, as recall costs chopped $1.5 billion from the bottom line.
  • Edn Run: UAW decides to skip election and form union at VW anyway

    07/12/2014 10:11:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/12/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I just returned from another trip to Tennessee where I was able to catch up with a few folks from the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga and see how things were developing. The conversations there had shifted quite a bit from earlier in the year when the vote regarding UAW unionization was raging, and recent reports make it clear that the big auto union isn’t going to be content with licking their wounds from their recent loss. As Ed reported back in April, the UAW had withdrawn their request for a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board, which some...
  • Supreme Court Ruling Opens Door For Daycare Workers To Get Money Back

    07/07/2014 11:39:08 AM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    Mackinac Center for Public Policy ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jack Spencer
    Unions took $4 million from Michigan daycare workers; class action lawsuit now possible. Michigan daycare operators who had millions of dollars taken from them in a unionization scheme that has since been outlawed, may get some of their money back. On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Harris v. Quinn that people who take care of others and are paid with funds that partially come from the state cannot be unionized because they are not state workers. It also opened the door for Michigan daycare workers involved in a previous, separate scheme to revisit a class action...
  • Are ‘American’ cars going extinct?

    07/04/2014 10:13:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 04, 2014
    Want to buy an American car? Better get one while they last. Only 10 vehicles qualified this year for the annual American-Made Index from Cars.com, and just three of them are from domestic brands. The Ford F-150 pickup took the top spot for the second year in a row, while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray came in seventh and the Detroit-built Dodge SRT Viper rounded out the list in tenth. …
  • UAW raises dues for 1st time in 47 years

    06/03/2014 1:09:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 3, 2014 3:52 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    Delegates to the United Auto Workers convention have voted to raise dues by 25 percent to shore up the union’s finances, the first increase in 47 years. Representatives from local unions across the nation approved the increase with a show of hands, raising dues from two hours of pay per month to 2˝ hours. […] It will raise about $15 million per year for the union, but the average longtime auto worker who makes just over $28 per hour will pay around $14 more per month. Annual dues revenue has dropped nearly 40 percent since 2006 to $115 million as...
  • Hey UAW: IF You Don't Like Politics, Then Don't Be Political

    04/27/2014 5:17:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 27, 2014 | John Ransom
    Dosborne wrote: And yet the Berkeley Earth group (funded in part by the Koch brothers) found that there is in fact a anthropogenic factor involved in the current climate change we are seeing. As far as oversight and regulations in the drug industry. Despite all of the oversight. New and sometimes lethal side effects result in drugs being pulled off the market every year. But what you and others here seem to be suggesting is that we reduce the oversight and regulation of new drugs. Leading to more people being injured by or even dying as a result? --How Obamacare...
  • UAW official nominated for seat on GM board

    04/25/2014 1:26:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2014 3:32 PM EDT | Tom Krisher
    For the first time, General Motors Co. could have an official of the United Auto Workers union on its board of directors. UAW Vice President Joe Ashton was nominated to a board seat controlled by a UAW trust fund that pays retiree health care bills. He plans to retire from his union post in June. The move, which would be considered common in Europe, is a first for General Motors, and a sign of how the relationship between the company and the union has changed in the past decade. Before that, the UAW battled with the company over wages, benefits...
  • UAW withdraws Volkswagen election objections

    04/21/2014 3:24:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 8 replies
    United Automobile Workers (UAW) ^ | 4/21/14 | United Automobile Workers (UAW)
    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...
  • UAW suddenly retreats from fight at Tennessee VW plant

    04/21/2014 2:52:06 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | Apr 21, 2014 | Amanda Becker and Bernie Woodall
    (Reuters) - The United Auto Workers, surprising even its supporters, on Monday abruptly withdrew its legal challenge to a union organizing vote that it lost at a Volkswagen AG plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee in February. Just an hour before the start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing on the challenge, the union dropped its case, casting a cloud over its long and still unsuccessful push to organize foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S. South.VW workers due to testify in the NLRB hearing were already at the courthouse in downtown Chattanooga when they heard the news, which left lawyers in...
  • UAW withdraws objection to lost election at VW Chattanooga plant

    04/21/2014 1:46:16 PM PDT · by Reaganez · 10 replies
    Automotive News ^ | April 21, 2014 | Reuters
    CHATTANOOGA (Reuters) -- The UAW said today it is withdrawing its objection claiming undue outside political interference in a February vote it lost among workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee. UAW President Bob King, in a statement issued by the union this morning, said the process of objecting to the National Labor Relations Board could have dragged on for months if not years. King and the UAW announced the withdrawal on the morning of the scheduled start of an NLRB hearing in Chattanooga on the union's objection.
  • Surprise: UAW folds in VW dispute

    04/21/2014 7:56:48 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 4/21/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Thus marks the end of the United Auto Workers’ foray into unionizing Southern auto manufacturing. Despite cooperative management at Volkswagen, the UAW failed to convince workers in its Chattanooga facility to unionize. The union alleged interference and demanded a hearing at the National Labor Relations Board to force a revote, but unexpectedly withdrew just before the hearing was scheduled to start:
  • UAW withdraws appeal of Volkswagen union vote

    04/21/2014 6:07:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 21, 2014 9:03 AM EDT | Erik Schelzig
    The United Auto Workers announced Monday it is withdrawing an appeal of the outcome of a union vote at Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Tennessee. In a statement released one hour before the scheduled start of a National Labor Relations Board hearing in Chattanooga, Tenn., UAW President Bob King said the union decided to put the “tainted election in the rearview mirror” because the challenge could have taken months or even years to come to a conclusion. …
  • U.S. House Democrats investigating Haslam's role in Volkswagen plant vote

    04/16/2014 3:10:56 PM PDT · by don-o · 7 replies
    Kingsport (TN) Times News ^ | April 16, 2014 | G. Chambers Williams III
    Democrats in the U.S. House on Wednesday opened an "inquiry" into whether Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's administration might have violated federal labor law by attempting to tie state incentives for expansion of the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant to the outcome of an election over representation by the United Auto Workers union. The probe is yet another chapter in the ongoing debate over whether Republican officials, including Haslam and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, may have interfered in the February election in which workers voted 712-626 to reject the UAW, which was attem
  • Sources: Volkswagen Seeks Obama Admin’s Help To Unionize Plant, Despite Election Results

    04/08/2014 1:24:06 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07 April 2014 | Patrick Howley
    The Chattanooga plant’s February secret-ballot vote to remain non-union was seen as a major triumph for the right-to-work community. But Volkswagen has since been under intense pressure from the company’s highly influential German union IG-METAL to figure out how to void the election result.
  • VW and the UAW vs. Workers, Democracy and Free Speech

    04/07/2014 6:50:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/2/2014 | Vinnie Vernuccio
    Apparently, "democracy" isn't a satisfying answer to the United Auto Workers. A week after Volkswagen autoworkers in Chattanooga, Tenn., declined to join the Detroit-based union by a vote of 712 to 626, the UAW appealed the election to the National Labor Relations Board. The UAW claimed that "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups" skewed the vote. The main problem for the union, aside from the outcome, was that opponents exercised their First Amendment rights and stood up for workers who otherwise didn't have a voice. Specifically, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., as well as several other elected officials, spoke...
  • Unions, Left-Leaning Groups Dominate List of Largest Political Donors

    03/24/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/19/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Democrats and many in the media routinely complain about money spent in politics, and they regularly lash out at conservatives and big business. Turns out, unions are the top spenders in politics. Twelve of the top 20 political donors from 1989 to 2014 have been unions, which overwhelmingly support Democratic causes, according to an analysis done by OpenSecrets.org's Center for Responsive Politics. Seven of the top 10 donors overall give almost exclusively to politicians or groups on the left. ActBlue, a political action committee that raises money for Democrats and progressive causes and features Michigan Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer...
  • Philly and 'Nooga Remind Dangers of Ambush Union Elections

    03/17/2014 2:09:32 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Marrch17, 2014 | Fred Wszolek
    Stacked with Obama-appointed bureaucrats back in December 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided that it was in the best interests of labor bosses to severely diminish the window of time for workplace elections to just a few weeks. This, after it was well established that the vast majority of union elections in the private sector take place within 38 days with labor winning significantly more than half. Known as the “ambush” or “quickie” election rule, it guaranteed that workers would only hear the union story during workplace elections. As soon as the NRLB announced its proposed rulemaking, it...
  • Anti-union workers sue Volkswagen, UAW over Tennessee plant

    03/13/2014 12:02:57 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 20 replies
    chicagotribune.com/Reuters ^ | 3/13/2014 | Amanda Becker
    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...
  • Unions Request a "Do-Over" in Failed Chattanooga Union Vote

    03/11/2014 12:33:45 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 11, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    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...
  • VW Vote Shows 'Card Check' Still a Fraud

    03/04/2014 12:43:49 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/1/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    The recent defeat of a unionization effort by the UAW at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee was not only a major setback for the union, but also for those pushing "card check" legislation. Card check legislation, officially known as the "Employee Free Choice Act," was introduced in Congress in 2009 and would "authorize the National Labor Relations Board to certify a union . . . when a majority of employees voluntarily sign authorizations designating that union to represent them." In other words, employees would "vote" by signing a card in the presence of a union representative, rather than voting in...
  • That snapping sound you hear is the AFL-CIO’s white flag of surrender flying over Dixie

    03/04/2014 9:01:41 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 9 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/4/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    When the UAW failed miserably in Chattanooga and was not able to unionize the Volkswagen plant, even with a staked deck, it started a chain reaction and the next domino has fallen. The news that the AFL-CIO has decided to keep its money and not even try to save three Southern Democrat Senators comes as no real shock. The powerful union reviewed the polls and the political climate in North Carolina, Louisiana and Arkansas and decided backing the Democrats in these states would be throwing good money after bad. The decision left Democrat Senators Mark Pryor in Arkansas, Mary Landrieu...
  • No sign of expansion at plant where UAW dealt loss

    02/28/2014 8:13:31 AM PST · by don-o · 11 replies
    AP via Kingsport TN Times News ^ | February 27, 2014 | ERIK SCHELZIG
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Friday marks the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers there rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union. So far there's little sign of any pending announcement.
  • Dividing Volks [Tennessee Volkswagen union drive]

    02/23/2014 7:29:22 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 23 replies
    Maclean's ^ | Feb. 21, 2014 | Tamsin McMahon
    Volkswagen’s first foray into America’s automotive manufacturing industry was, by all accounts, a disaster. Less than six months after the company opened a plant in Pennsylvania in 1978, workers went on strike for higher wages and the company was hit with a series of union-backed lawsuits. The factory lasted just 10 years. It took Volkswagen more than two decades to venture back into the U.S. and, when it did, with a $1-billion assembly plant that opened in 2011, it chose Tennessee, a place where being anti-union is considered as patriotic as apple pie. The Southern U.S. has built itself into...
  • Detroit automakers worry about UAW money struggles

    02/22/2014 5:08:58 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 25 replies
    WSBTV ^ | 2-22-14 | TOM KRISHER
    DETROIT — The United Auto Workers' membership and dues are down sharply from just six years ago. In another sign of weakness, the union suffered a stunning defeat this month when it tried to organize a Tennessee factory run by labor-friendly Volkswagen. The rejection, by a close vote, was a major setback in the union's effort to expand in the South, where non-union, foreign companies such as VW, Nissan and Hyundai are rapidly growing. But instead of relief, Detroit's three automakers — Ford, Chrysler and General Motors — are increasingly anxious about the 78-year old union's future. For them, it's...
  • Thirteen billboards, one paint-shop worker helped defeat union at VW plant in Chattanooga

    02/22/2014 3:44:45 PM PST · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 22 Feb 2014 | Kevin Drawbaugh and Nick Carey
    WASHINGTON/CHATTANOOGA (Reuters) - In the aftermath of the United Auto Workers' crushing defeat in a vote to represent workers at Volkswagen's sole U.S. factory, a key question remains unanswered: did conservative politicians and anti-union groups work together to stymie the union? In an appeal to the National Labor Relations Board on Friday, the UAW said there was a "coordinated effort" by state politicians, anti-union groups and Tennessee's U.S. Senator Bob Corker to coerce a no vote in the February 12-14 election. The union's NLRB filing offered scant detail to support the allegation, and Reuters interviews with more than a dozen...
  • UAW Asks NLRB to Void Union Loss at Tennessee Volkswagen Plant

    02/22/2014 8:40:43 AM PST · by ColdOne · 32 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/22/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    The United Auto Workers (UAW) filed a legal challenge late Friday with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to the certification of the organizing vote it lost last Friday at Volkswagen's auto plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The challenge was submitted just hours before the seven day post-election filing deadline expired. On Tuesday, attorney Joseph Farelli, a nationally recognized labor law expert, told Breitbart News the UAW would have little chance of success if it filed a challenge to NLRB certification of the election. "I don't think the NLRB is willing to break new ground and state the conduct of a...
  • UAW Challenges Tennessee VW Election

    02/21/2014 1:23:56 PM PST · by MacNaughton · 45 replies
    Thomson/Reuters ^ | 2/21/2014
    The United Auto Workers said on Friday it filed an appeal with the government over "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups" in an election last week in Tennessee where Volkswagen workers rejected the union. The union said in a statement that its appeal to the U.S. National Labor Relations Board 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."
  • VW workers may block southern U.S. deals if no unions: labor chief

    02/20/2014 1:44:36 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 19, 2014 6:38am EST | Andreas Cremer
    Volkswagen’s top labor representative threatened on Wednesday to try to block further investments by the German carmaker in the southern United States if its workers there are not unionized. Workers at VW’s factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, last Friday voted against representation by the United Auto Workers union (UAW), rejecting efforts by VW representatives to set up a German-style works council at the plant. German workers enjoy considerable influence over company decisions under the legally enshrined “co-determination” principle which is anathema to many politicians in the U.S. who see organized labor as a threat to profits and job growth. …
  • 712 Reasons to Protect the Secret Ballot

    02/20/2014 12:28:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 20, 2014 | Fred Wszolek
    Last week, Volkswagen employees at a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted 712 to 626 to reject membership to the United Auto Workers (UAW), dealing a devastating defeat to organized labor. The workers’ vote against unionization demonstrates just how little faith the American people have in union bosses and their false promises. Months prior to the election, UAW representative Gary Casteel presciently foretold that “if we go for a traditional election where the outside organizations could campaign against us, we’d probably lose.” For this very reason, organized labor fought tooth and nail for Volkswagen to recognize it as its workers’ bargaining...
  • Top Volkswagen official says failure to unionize could hurt the South's chances of VW presence

    02/19/2014 5:29:01 PM PST · by Colonel Kangaroo · 92 replies
    Nooga,com ^ | February 19th, 2014 | Chloé Morrison
    Bernd Osterloh, who is the Volkswagen AG General and Group Works Council chairman, said that future investments in the South might be hurt if workers will not unionize, according to Reuters. The comments come days after Volkswagen Chattanooga workers voted against representation by the United Auto Workers Union. After years of quiet work by union leaders and a contentious campaigning period, officials announced Friday night that Volkswagen employees opted against UAW representation with a 712-626 vote. But at that announcement, Volkswagen Chattanooga President Frank Fischer said the vote wasn't against the works council and that there is still support for...
  • Union Vote In Chattanooga Shows Danger Of Card Check

    02/18/2014 4:42:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies
    Investors.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Labor: Union bosses have contended for some time that a secret ballot isn't needed to unionize a workplace. All that's needed, they said, was employees' signatures on cards. But Chattanooga proved them wrong. For months the United Auto Workers have said a majority of workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee had signed cards expressing their interest in unionizing. Why bother with a secret ballot when the workers had already spoken through the "card check" approval process? Before a much-anticipated and widely followed union-representation vote held last week, the AP reported that Gary Casteel, Tennessee-based regional director for the UAW,...
  • Trumka: ‘Right-Wing Zealotry’ Played Role in VW Vote

    02/18/2014 4:08:06 PM PST · by mdittmar · 35 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 2/18/2014 | Mike Hall
    After unprecedented interference from politicians and out-of-state extremists like Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers, workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant voted 712–626 against representation by the UAW that would have led to the establishment of a works council, the first such model of labor-management relations in the United States.AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the workers stood up to “enormous odds to try to form their own union and to create an historic new model of workplace governance.” He adds:Unconscionably, what should have been a local workplace decision by workers and management was turned into an experiment in new forms...
  • Will Volkswagen Vote Kill Power Of Big Unions?

    02/18/2014 3:51:25 PM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Investors.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | Stephen Moore
    Mark down Feb. 14, 2014, as the Saint Valentine's Day union massacre. Years from now we may look back at this date as the turning point of the modern-day union dominance over manufacturing industries in America. That's the broader national significance of the 712-to-626 vote in Chattanooga, Tenn., to reject a United Auto Workers attempt to unionize a Volkswagen auto assembly plant. Despite a full-court blitz by the AFL-CIO and even the Volkswagen management to allow the union in, the workers turned thumbs-down to the power play. Why? Three weeks ago I traveled to Chattanooga on behalf of the Beacon...
  • VW Workers Escape from Detroit: Rejects UAW bid to subsume them into their union

    02/18/2014 6:54:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/18/2014 | The Editors
    Workers at Volkswagen’s sedan factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., soundly rejected a bid by the United Automobile Workers (UAW) to subsume them. In this the workers were considerably wiser than VW management, which took an officially neutral stance on the unionization effort but is in general kindly disposed to efforts to transplant the “workers’ council” model, with which it has enjoyed success at home, from Germany to its American operations. German automakers maintain a largely cooperative relationship with IG Metall, the main autoworkers’ union. But the UAW is a very different sort of beast, a fact not lost on the Chattanooga...
  • Rachel Maddow’s Fear: G.O.P. Equals J.O.B.

    02/18/2014 4:09:21 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 18, 2014 | John Ransom
    MSNBC, the Houston Chronicle and other mainstream media outlets are saying that Republican intervention in the union vote at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee helped to tip scales, like somehow the GOP committed a crime. And in doing so, they provided the GOP with an important campaign focus group: The liberals are deathly afraid that Americans will discover that, yes, the Republicans aren’t afraid of helping to create jobs in the private sector. “It was as ferocious an anti-union campaign as anything Americans have seen in a while,” says the MSNBC Rachel Maddow blog. “Indeed, the Republican effort, bolstered...
  • UAW Union Suffers Crippling Defeat in Tennessee

    02/17/2014 1:34:33 PM PST · by rightwingerpatriot · 32 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | February 17, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    In a huge defeat for the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, workers in Tennessee voted 712 to 626 against union representation at a Volkswagen plant. This event may be remembered in the future as one of the final nails in the union coffin. We can only hope so but this news is fantastic, and even better as the UAW had a lot of advantages going into the vote. First, Volkswagen was in favor of unionization and had already been conducting talks with the UAW. Normally, businesses are hostile to unions as they are a cancerous parasite that will slowly sap...
  • “Jonah” Obama loses another vote: Chattanooga VW workers don’t care what he wants

    02/17/2014 8:56:45 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 26 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/17/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    You won’t hear much about this week’s defeat for the United Auto Workers. The thugs were trying to unionize Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant workers. This was no ordinary defeat. It is best described as a death knell for the UAW’s efforts to unionize the South and forcibly use the increase in union dues to finance further destruction of America by their pals in the Democrat Party. That’s over now. There were a few important reasons for the kick in the teeth the union took, but one you certainly won’t hear mentioned is that “Jonah” Obama who brings defeat to Democrats wherever...
  • United Auto Workers Find Death in Tennessee

    02/17/2014 3:31:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2014 | John Ransom
    In a close vote, yet one that was widely expected to be favorable to the union, workers at the Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejected an offer by the United Auto Workers to unionize the Volkswagen operations in the state by a 712-626 vote against union. “Last week's vote at the plant - which was 53 percent to 47 percent against the UAW,” writes Reuters, “dealt a body blow to the union, which has been unable to expand into auto plants in the U.S. South, even as its ranks have declined elsewhere.” The election is seen as a major rebuff in the...
  • Why the Tennessee Volkswagen Workers Voted Against the UAW

    02/16/2014 7:01:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/15/2013 | Ron Radosh
    “The United Auto Workers union suffered a crushing defeat Friday, falling short in an election in which it seemed to have a clear path to organizing workers at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.,” the [1] Wall Street Journal [1] reported Saturday. “The setback is a bitter defeat because the union had the cooperation of Volkswagen management and the aid of Germany’s powerful IG Metall union, yet it failed to win a majority among the plants 1,550 hourly workers.”One cannot emphasize the magnitude of this loss. What it clearly spells out is the irrelevance of the old industrial unions in today’s...
  • Press Coverage of UAW's VW-Chattanooga Loss 'Somehow' Overlooks One

    02/15/2014 6:09:33 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | February 15, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    The three Associated Press reports I've seen on the UAW's failure to win the right to represent hourly workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee — the first two were covered in NewsBusters posts here and here; the wire service's 3:52 p.m. report is here — all mention in one way or another what UAW President Bob King is now calling "unprecedented outside interference" in the runup to the election. (VW, which can only run the factory with the kind of "workers councils" it has at its other worldwide plants in the U.S. if its workers are represented by...
  • UAW flattened by a Volkswagen

    02/15/2014 11:52:04 AM PST · by Starman417 · 27 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-15-14 | DrJohn
    Having destroyed Detroit, the United Auto Workers union is desperate to infect foreign auto manufacturing plants in the South. It finally managed to force a vote on unionization in Chattanooga and the UAW hit a pot hole. Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., have rejected the United Auto Workers, shooting down the union’s hopes of securing a foothold at a foreign-owned auto plant in the South. The vote was 712 to 626, said the UAW, which blamed the loss on “politicians and outside special interest groups.” The vote, announced late Friday night after three days of balloting, is a devastating...
  • Workers at Tennessee Volkswagen factory reject United Auto Workers union

    02/15/2014 10:46:45 AM PST · by mandaladon · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15 Feb 2014
    Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation in a devastating defeat for the United Auto Workers union's effort to make inroads in the South. The 712-626 vote released late Friday was surprising for many labor experts and union supporters who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches. "This is like an alternate universe where everything is turned upside down," Cliff Hammond, a labor lawyer at in Detroit, told The Wall Street Journal, noting that companies usually fight union drives. "This...
  • U.S. senator drops bombshell during VW plant union vote (Tennessee)

    02/13/2014 4:12:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13, 2014 | Bernie Woodall
    U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday he has been "assured" that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build. Corker's bombshell, which runs counter to public statements by Volkswagen, was dropped on the first of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant whether to allow the UAW to represent them. Corker has long been an opponent of the union which he says hurts economic and job growth in Tennessee, a charge...
  • The Tennessee GOP's union-thwarting push has backfired

    02/15/2014 9:04:00 AM PST · by Qbert · 37 replies
    The Week ^ | February 14, 2014 | Peter Weber
    A key victory for the UAW is on the line. Friday is the last day of a union-organizing vote at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. At stake is whether the German automaker's sole plant in the U.S. will be represented by the United Auto Workers. But it's also much more than that: The battle being waged in Chattanooga is being billed as a seminal moment that will either pave the way for more labor unions in the South, or affirm the continuation of a "right to work" region that is UAW-free. Going into the three-day election, the vote was...
  • Loss at Volkswagen plant upends union's plan for U.S. South (Workers voted against union)

    02/15/2014 8:21:23 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 22 replies
    CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) - In a stinging defeat that could accelerate the decades-long decline of the United Auto Workers, Volkswagen AG workers voted against union representation at a Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which had been seen as organized labor's best chance to expand in the U.S. South. The loss, 712 to 626, capped a sprint finish to a long race and was particularly surprising for UAW supporters, because Volkswagen had allowed the union access to the factory and officially stayed neutral on the vote, while other manufacturers have been hostile to organized labor.