VW and the UAW vs Workers Democracy and Free Speech [Mackinac Center] — Volkswagen Worker

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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 … 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 cooperation is less explained. It could be the promise of the union make any painful changes, or that Volkswagen’s board chairman is Berthold the former head of Germany’s IG union. Or it could simply be VW is worried about the threat of the UAW a negative public relations against companies that them.

In December 2011, the UAW its “Principles for Fair Union If companies resisted and did not sign a agreement similar to the one with Bob King threatened the UAW would a global campaign to brand company a human-rights violator.”

The also required a company to away the secret ballot workers. Volkswagen resisted effort, even though sped up the election process. The UAW wanted to organize the Chattanooga via a card check election, all a union needs is a majority of to sign cards for the union to be as the representative of the employees. Card elections can lead to intimidation and of employees because they are out in the open without the protection of a ballot.

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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