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VW and the UAW vs. Workers, Democracy and Free

Apparently, “democracy” isn’t a answer to the United Auto A week after Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tenn. declined to the Detroit union by a vote of 712 to the union appealed the election to the Labor Relations Board.

The UAW that “interference by politicians and special interest groups” the vote. The main problem for the aside from the outcome, was opponents exercised their Amendment rights and stood up for without a voice.

Specifically, Bob Corker, R-TN, as well as other elected officials, out against the UAW effort. Other included Americans for Tax Reform and the Enterprise Institute.

While a unfamiliar with the intricacies of law may find that a union has the to stifle anyone’s speech the UAW’s argument does merit for employers. Federal law already strictly curtails an employer can say to their employees a union is trying to organize business. An employer is forbidden threating, interrogating, promising or on his employees during this These actions are known by the “TIPS.”

Unions, on the other hand, violate the law if they verbally or physically assault a worker. In cases even these are not deemed illegal if a third does the threatening.

Employers are to tell their side of the as long as the speech does not TIPS. Some employers, choose to cut deals, known as agreements,” with unions the election. In exchange for benefits or to public relations smear an employer will not counter the organizing efforts.

Volkswagen into such a neutrality with the UAW on Jan. 27. Because of the the UAW and Volkswagen were essentially on the side. Without assistance the outside, workers who opposed the UAW have been drowned out by UAW supporters.

VW went so far as to keep employees who joining the UAW was a bad idea out of the plant letting union organizers in.

VW filed the petition for unionization. is very rare in labor They also helped a speedy election, not allowing the time to make their to the workers.

In exchange for VW’s (or official non-opposition), the neutrality included a clause assuring the car manufacturer “the UAW would to the Works Council many of the and responsibilities ordinarily performed by as bargaining representative in the United

The agreement went on to state this Works Council act in “maintaining and where possible the cost advantages and other advantages that VWGOA relative to its competitors in the United and North America, including but not to legacy automobile manufacturers.”

In saying no, the workers bucked their company and the UAW.

to the Associated Press, UAW “annual collected were down than 40 percent to $115 from 2006 to 2012, as the ranks fell by 30 percent.”

The total membership has dropped to down from a high of 1.5 million in 1979. As UAW President Bob has bluntly stated, “If we organize these transnationals, I think there’s a long-term for the UAW I really don’t.”

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Because of drastic decline of membership and dues collection, it clearly have been advantageous to the UAW to the Volkswagen workers, particularly in the unionized areas like the The outcome of the vote suggests the UAW felt it needed the VW workers than the VW workers felt needed the union.

Volkswagen’s is less easily explained. It be the promise of having the union any painful labor changes, or Volkswagen’s deputy board is Berthold Huber, the former of Germany’s IG Metall union. Or it simply be that VW is worried the threat of the UAW mounting a negative relations campaign against that oppose them.

In December 2011, the UAW released its for Fair Union Elections.” If resisted and did not sign a neutrality similar to the one with Volkswagen, Bob threatened the UAW would “launch a campaign to brand that a human-rights violator.”

The “Principles” required a company to take the secret ballot from Volkswagen resisted that even though they up the election process. The UAW originally to organize the Chattanooga plant via a check election, where all a needs is a majority of workers to cards for the union to be recognized as the of the employees. Card check can lead to intimidation and coercion of because they are done out in the without the protection of a secret

The election loss is another of why card check is a poor method. A majority of VW employees cards last year, but the vote shows that might have been to those opposed to the UAW. employees, represented by the National to Work Legal Foundation, that “the UAW solicited, and/or demanded VW employees’ by unlawful means including coercion, threats, and promises.”

of the promise of benefit or the removal of a Volkswagen sided with the over workers who wanted to in charge of their own destiny.

As of writing the UAW’s appeal is the National Labor Relations Sen. Corker has asked the to “understand and realize the magnitude of they are going to be deciding and in no way try to muzzle public officials who are leaders from expressing point of view.”

If the board decides to redo the it will not just be a blow worker self-determination, but also free speech.

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