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UAW Appeals VW-Chattanooga Election to NLRB; AP Report Ignores Intervention, Downplays German Threat

In a complete non-surprise their officials’ reactions week, the United Auto union has filed an appeal the National Labor Relations of the election they lost at Chattanooga, Tennessee plant.

As be expected for an organization whose are members of the News Media a Friday evening report by Press reporters Tom Raum and Schelzig emphasized the outside of First Amendment-protected statements by Volunteer State politicians, Senator Bob Corker, in the runup to the while ignoring and minimizing behavior and statements by UAW supporters and They also saved that the effort is a long-shot at at least on the merits, for much paragraphs but with President Obama’s NLRB, you never Excerpts follow the jump are mine throughout this

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UAW VOLKSWAGEN WORKERS’ REJECTION IN

The United Auto Workers on challenged last week’s vote by workers at a Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tenn. that the UAW’s bid to represent them.

In an appeal filed with the Labor Relations Board, the asserted that interference by and outside special interest had swayed the election.

In particular, the took aim at Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican and former Chattanooga who suggested that a no vote lead a Volkswagen expansion in the

The UAW bid was defeated in a 712-626 vote, though the German company is considered labor-friendly.

It’s an that politically motivated parties threatened the economic of this facility and the opportunity for to create a successful operating that would grow in Tennessee, UAW President Bob King

. The UAW challenge comes days the top labor representative on Volkswagen’s board suggested that the atmosphere fostered by Southern could lead the company to future investments elsewhere. representatives make up half of the that has control over all decisions at Volkswagen.

. Nelson a labor history professor at the of California at Santa Barbara, the Democratic-controlled NLRB may be looking to set a about union intimidation but the VW vote doesn’t present the facts to do so.

If I were a liberal member of the I’d look for a really case of management interference to a point about curbing the of management to close plants or said Lichtenstein, who described as a labor supporter. The prospects are here because it was third-party officials.

Volkswagen worker Moss, who was among a group of organizers, said the union’s smacks of desperation because it persuade workers. It’s sour grapes, he said.

As has been the case the election was known late on Friday, 14, Raum and Schelzig completely President Obama’s statement at a door meeting with early that day the administration intended to leak to influence the As a refresher, here’s a portion of the report by Richard Cowan and Woodall that day:

weighs in on contentious union at Volkswagen plant


President Obama on Friday waded a high-stakes union vote at AG’s plant in Tennessee, Republican politicians who oppose of being more concerned German shareholders than workers.

Obama’s comments, made at a meeting of Democratic lawmakers in came as the vote to allow representation at the Chattanooga plant to a close.

The vote will wide-reaching implications for the auto in the South, where all foreign-owned plants employ nonunion and for the United Auto Workers which could use a victory to a decades-long downward spiral.

The has faced fierce resistance local Republican politicians and conservative groups who have that a UAW victory could economic growth in Tennessee. voting was under way on Wednesday, U.S. Senator Bob Corker VW could announce new investment in the if the UAW lost the secret ballot.

. interjection in the war of words on Friday, behind closed doors, how much is stake in the three-day by VW’s 1,550 hourly The vote is due to end at 8:30 p.m. ET and the could be announced soon that.

It’s reasonable to ask why intervention isn’t just as as Corker’s, given that the is the most powerful politician on and is clearly unconcerned about within his designated constitutional

The AP pair’s description of the response the union official in Germany is far from complete. It wasn’t a lead statement. It was a direct as seen here in a Reuters from Germany :

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VW workers may southern U.S. deals if no labor chief

Volkswagen’s top representative threatened on Wednesday to try to further investments by the German in the southern United States if its there are not unionized.

Workers at factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Friday voted against by the United Auto Workers (UAW), rejecting efforts by VW to set up a German-style works council at the

German workers enjoy influence over company under the legally enshrined principle which is anathema to politicians in the U.S. who see organized as a threat to profits and job growth.

is VW’s only factory in the and one of the company’s few in the world without a council.

I can imagine fairly well another VW factory in the United provided that one more still be set up there, does not have to be assigned to the south said Bernd Osterloh, of VW’s works council.

If isn’t guaranteed in the first we as workers will hardly be to vote in favor of potentially another plant in the U.S. Osterloh, who is also on VW’s board, said.

The 20-member — evenly split labor and management — has to any decision on closing plants or new ones.

The split is made more relevant by the fact decisions require a two-thirds of the Board.

Finally, there is the unreported matter of thuggish behavior by the UAW, except at Fox On Fox Friends on Monday, Mike in a statement captured at Rush web site. had this to say:

I actually got a phone call night from an unknown member that I didn’t his tone. He wouldn’t give me his or number and I didn’t like he said to me. I’ll keep private right now. It was my stance against the union.

RUSH: What that is that a thug called guy up and threatened him. He got an intimidating from a union thug, and it didn’t intimidate him.

But to the press, only what Bob and other Tennessee politicians matters. Horse manure.

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