All of you who are surprised that the United Auto Workers union is appealing the results of the "No" vote at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, raise your hands. No one? Good. Reuters reports that after the workers at the Chattanooga factory declined union representation, the UAW has filed an appeal with the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), citing "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups" and "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." These are the same issues the UAW vocalized as soon as the results were known.

The union is referring to statements made by various politicians, such as those in the state Legislature threatening future tax subsidies for Volkswagen if the plant voted to unionize, and especially US Senator Bob Corker's late bombshell that he had been "assured" by an unnamed source that the plant would get a new crossover to build as long as it rejected the union. Some outside observers at the time said that could be enough to invalidate the vote before it had been completed.

Some questionable statements have come from the pro-union side, too. The UAW had its own dustup over its tactics in September 2013, when eight workers at the plant filed complaints with the NLRB accusing the UAW of trickery. And in January of this year Reuters reported that Bernd Osterloh, the German workers' representative on the VW Board, said, "Chattanooga would make sense from an economic viewpoint if the company could offset the higher personnel costs compared with Puebla." There's little chance that would happen if union representation were approved. Just a month later, after the vote and because of the rumbles that proceeded it, Osterloh said another plant "does not necessarily have to be assigned to the South again." All throughout the process, the actual Tennessee workers have been the quietest party at the dance.

The UAW has seven days to give evidence supporting its appeal to the NLRB. The latest observers in the Reuters piece, though, think that the UAW will have a hard time winning, because "labor law does not limit what can be said in a union election campaign by politicians, as long as they are stating their own views and not doing the bidding of management."


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      William
      • 10 Months Ago
      Will these guys just go away!
      scott3
      • 10 Months Ago
      It is a crazy world anymore. If workers want a union then let them vote them in and if they choose not to vote them in then respect their vote. Not every company is out to screw the worker but every company is in business to make money. Is that not the whole point of going into business. There are a lot of jobs out there and many that pay well. I work for a very good company and make a good living. We hire al the time and to be honest have trouble finding people that fit the requirements. What requirements you ask? Things like showing up everyday on time, passing drug test, pass a security background check and breathing. We lose more people because they don't want to show up even after using up the generous vacation time. They can't pass a simple drug test and feel they have to have their habits more than their job. Some just have such trashy back grounds that they are a risk for our company and our customers records. It is sad that many of these same workers go to a union shop and are protected by the same union. I just saw a school the other day that the teachers union is stifling a drug investigation in the school because one of their teachers has a bad drug habit. Do you want your kid in a class with a teacher on Heroin? The fact is nearly anyone in this world can make it if they work hard and smart. If you are at Walmart and you expect to make six figures stocking shelves or slinging burgers than who's fault is it that you do not meet your goals. Time to stop expecting everyone else to pander to your dreams and get out there and do what you need to do o get ahead. A lot of us put ourselves through school and went out and worked the tough jobs to work our way up to were we are. Will I ever be a millionaire? Probably not but do I have a good life and have taken advantage of the opportunities I have made for myself. Life is what you make of it. Some of the most successful people started with nothing. Most worked hard and made their way to the top. The brightest and the best seldom wait or rely on others to make it. I hope not Mike Rowe is not working for Ford now he will get this similar message out as it has been true for a long time. So many anymore have been taught to rely on others that they limit them selves. Funny how those that claim to be helping the little guy is the one boxing him in on reliance on government and unions. I made it to where I am at and the government and unions were not involve. Hard work and smart moves pay off and if I had stayed at the one place where it was union I would have lost that job as it is no longer there. I made the right move to leave and move to a better opportunity that I found.
      knightrider_6
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is how poorly Amazon treats its workers http://www.salon.com/chromeo/article/worse_than_wal_mart_amazons_sick_brutality_and_secret_history_of_ruthlessly_intimidating_workers/ Read the article start to finish and tell me if labor laws are enough to protect workers.
      knightrider_6
      • 10 Months Ago
      The states in the south have always dragged their feet on progress. They fought to keep slavery, they fought to keep segregation, they fought to keep marriage inequality, they fought ACA, they fought against education, they are fighting against worker's rights. If history repeats itself, they will lose this battle as well
        Pj Taintz
        • 10 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        the sad thing is you actually believe the bull manure that you say
          knightrider_6
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          Did your history textbook say something different?
        James
        • 10 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        I grew up in the South, and never once experienced racism or discrimination until I moved up north. Thank goodness I managed to escaped that 'progressive' hell hole. Progressives are only okay with you if you fall to their conformist ideals through incessant badgering. Conservatives are at least content to leave you alone, mostly because they'd rather be relaxing in their own privacy than trying to harangue you.
      I C dumb people
      • 10 Months Ago
      Unions brought a safe work place, a living wage, health care & protection from discrimination to this countries workforce. They lifted the working conditions of not only the people that they represented, but workers that they didn't. But now they're the bad guys? No one alive today can remember the working conditions prior to the unions involvement in labor issues. 12 hour work days. Being paid by chit, so you could buy from the "company store" at inflated prices. You people bash something you don't & will never understand because you've had it so good ALL of your lives. Your great-grandparents look down on you in shame.
        craigt
        • 10 Months Ago
        @I C dumb people
        Union history is highly racist. Lincoln and republicans ended slavery and integrated the military and government, southern dems and Woodrow Wilson reversed much of it. That is true history!
          knightrider_6
          • 10 Months Ago
          @craigt
          It's hard the believe that Republican Party were the progressive ones 150 years ago. Now they wave Confederate flag at their gatherings.
        The Friendly Grizzly
        • 10 Months Ago
        @I C dumb people
        Protection from discrimination? Unions were among the most racially segregated organizations in the nation! They only integrated under federal pressures.
          I C dumb people
          • 10 Months Ago
          @The Friendly Grizzly
          True. Just as the rest of the country was forced to accept integration. It was a SOCIAL issue of the time. NOT a labor issue.
      Steve K
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm sure Obama will send in his enforcer Eric Holder to make sure the workers don't make a mistake Dear Leader doesn't agree with. Obama knows best.
        Teleny411
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Steve K
        It doesn't take the Leader to see the lies of Corker corrupted this election. Wish Holder would bring charged against Corker.
        Rastislav Toth
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Steve K
        Read up on the law, Lenin ----> Politicians are not legally prohibited from commenting on union elections or organizing campaigns as long as they are not speaking for management. Since VW disavowed his comments, the UAW can go piss in the wind.
      tlmrbs
      • 10 Months Ago
      So many of you say Unions had a time and place, but no more. Wrong!! Wages are the lowest in 50 years when adjusted for inflation. Pensions are a thing of the past. Time for more unions. Millions in our country work full time for less then 25K. Try living on that!
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 10 Months Ago
        @tlmrbs
        Unions are why we have inflation along with non-growth inflation from quantitative easing brought you by the politicians unions buy.
      550PlusX5
      • 10 Months Ago
      Dear UAW, Do what I did, and blame it on the hanging chads... Sincerely, -Sore Loser Al Gore...
      knightrider_6
      • 10 Months Ago
      Conservatives want this country to become like China - 14 hour work days, 50 cents an hour wage, horrible working conditions... Killing unions is step one to conservative utopia.
        edward.stallings
        • 10 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Conservatives want freedom of choice. "GOP thugs and goons " - funny. Thugs and goons are union. I was threatened by them for disassembling my own display at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Pure scum.
        craigt
        • 10 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Steve Jobs said we MUST end the teacher union monopoly on k-12, he was left, but some things are just obvious!!!!!
          knightrider_6
          • 10 Months Ago
          @craigt
          Steve jobs also hid Apple's money in offshore accounts for tax evasion. He was more like Mitt Romney.
      Andre Neves
      • 10 Months Ago
      These union thugs are relentless
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        " These Tennessee Rethuglicans are relentless " Fixed it for you ...
        yyz
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Andre Neves
        The term "union thug" is redundant.
          Chris
          • 10 Months Ago
          @yyz
          It's fitting though because that's the way they conduct themselves these days. With the coercive mentality they display, they come across as some sort of dictatorship. Like it or not, people do not respond well to that especially in the south where folks have always taken pride in being a little more self sufficient.
      Stephen
      • 10 Months Ago
      Those who wish to unionize care more about themselves than the company they work for.
        Steve
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Stephen
        what's wrong with that? last time I checked these companies don't care about people like you and me. They only understand $$$ and that's the only way you can communicate with them. I think UAW is corrupt, but the idea of union is great if it's not tainted by opportunists.
          Stephen
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Steve
          So if your company told you that they weren't doing very well and that you might need to take a temporary pay cut to get through the rough period, you wouldn't? I did, my company barely made it through, and now we are doing better than ever and they have made up for it. A union would have said no to the pay cut and dragged the company down so long as they get their pay to the end. And you are right, they don't care. They just provide me with a job, a chance to succeed, money, benefits, healthcare, etc.
          Alfonso T. Alvarez
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Steve
          @ Stephen - " ... A union would have said no to the pay cut and dragged the company down so long as they get their pay to the end ..." See, that's the problem with you and others who are so vehemently anti-union - you make up facts to suit your viewpoint. Here's a challenge for you and others who feel the same way: Instead of just blindly downvoting my comment (which does absolutely nothing to educate or inform anyone of your viewpoint), actually research what went on with the UAW and the domestic automakers in the years leading up to 2009. The UAW DID take pay cuts, had pay freezes at the lower rates, and made other concessions to help the companies. And they haven't had raises for YEARS!! Now they have lower tier wages for new hires as well. The whole economic collapse is what drove the auto industry down! The banks and wall street basically hosed the entire country with their despicable greed, risk filled 'investments', packaging of high risk loans into 'bundles' that the ratings agencies - who are supposed to determine investment ratings after careful study, rated as AAA investments. MILLIONS of people lost their homes, lost equity in their homes, lost their jobs - not because of the UAW - because of the greed of wall street and the banks!! Get your heads out of the sand - wall street and the bankers grease the Republicans campaigns with MULTIPLE TIMES MORE MONEY than the UAW and all other unions pay added together - they conspired to outsource millions of jobs overseas, not because of the UAW, the vast majority of the jobs outsourced were not even union workers! They did it so they could earn higher profits, no matter what it did to thousands of communities across the country. I am a moderate, and find ludicrous behavior from both left and right, but there are way, way too many people who have bought the bogus mindset that all will be swell in the US if we just squash the UAW! Here's a news flash - WalMart alone has THREE TIMES AS MANY employees as there are unioun auto workers! The whole 'if the UAW is gone, the country will magically become more prosperous' bit is a crock! There aren't enough workers, even if EVERY auto plant in the US was union, to make ANY DIFFERENCE in our prosperity! Read and learn from non-biased sources, don't just take your beliefs from what some one-sided talking head with an agenda on TV or radio says - no matter what side you are on!!
          Carphanatik
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Steve
          Thank you Alfonso. Many of these people are making outrageous claims that conform to their own views without considering any alternatives.
          Lar
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Steve
          "what's wrong with that? last time I checked these companies don't care about people like you and me. They only understand $$$ ..." If you really mean it, does this apply to Apple and Tesla?
        Mondrell
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Stephen
        A bit of a blanket statement there. I'm not keen of unions, but ineffectual leadership and management are just as much to blame for modern workplace issues.
      Chris
      • 10 Months Ago
      If being a part of the union is so great then why did these workers vote against joining the UAW? Maybe they should ask themselves that question rather than being so quick to blame outside forces. It'd probably help their case a lot more than than throwing a hissy fit like a bunch of spoiled brats in a toy store.
        craigt
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Chris
        Chris, the left does not believe in freedom, they will impose their way, they will dictate to others to "save them from their own stupidity". This is how they think, scary...
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