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If it’s illegal when a coerces employees, what a union?

With its future on unionizing the American factories of automakers, the United Auto has been desperately courting 2700 employees in Tennessee 2011.

According to news on Wednesday, a majority of Volkswagen employees in Chattanooga have union authorization cards the desire “to join VW’s Works Council and supporting and collaborative relations with the

The UAW is claiming that the cards are as as the workers having voted in an

The question that is not being however, is: Were the majority of workers’ signatures gathered threats, coercion and fear

You may recall that, back in Stephan Wolf, a high-ranking union official with AG issued an ultimatum to VW’s workers in the press:

“We will agree to an expansion of the [Tennessee] or any other model contract it is clear how to proceed with the representatives in the United States.”

Unlike the U.S. under co-determination labor relations unions have seats on boards of directors and, as have a say in how a company is managed.

representatives at VW also get a say in new products and through the company’s global council, which includes from all of its organized plants.

may give labor leaders at VW power to follow through on the made by Wolf, the deputy on the global works council.

comment was quickly seized on by the president, Bob King, who followed up

“ If I was a worker, if I was a member of the Chattanooga and I wanted to have the best of getting new investment and new product, I want a voice on the world council ,” King said. “I want somebody there the interests of Chattanooga. I wouldn’t a decision made where other plant in the world has there, and I don’t have speaking up for me.” [Emphasis

What labor leaders was that without representation on employee council through the Chattanooga would not receive the expansion.

This statement was repeated over and over by UAW organizers in order to coerce into signing cards if that is the case, it could well be a violation of the Tennessee rights under the National Relations Act.

In other if VW’s German union has the to steer VW’s board to away jobs (or future from Tennessee workers in for them not unionizing, it could be as bad as an who threatened to take away if employees were to unionize–bearing in that, in this case, the union has power in managing the of the company.

According to the NLRB’s own on the National Labor Relations

Section 8(b)(1)(A) forbids a organization or its agents “to restrain or employees in the exercise of the rights in section 7.”…

…Union that is reasonably calculated to or coerce employees in their 7 rights violates Section whether it succeeds in actually or coercing employees….

…Examples of violations of Section Examples of restraint or coercion violate Section 8(b)(1)(A) done by a union or its agents the following:

Mass picketing in numbers that nonstriking are physically barred from the plant.

Acts of force or on the picket line, or in connection a strike.

Threats to do bodily to nonstriking employees.

* Threats to that they will their jobs unless support the union’s activities .

to employees who oppose the union the employees will lose jobs if the union wins a in the plant.

Entering into an with an employer that the union as exclusive bargaining when it has not been chosen by a of the employees.

Fining or expelling for crossing a picket line is unlawful under the Act or that a no-strike agreement.

Fining for crossing a picket line they resigned from the

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Fining or expelling members for unfair labor practice with the Board or for participating in an conducted by the Board.

…Section makes it an unfair labor for a labor organization to cause an to discriminate against an employee in of Section 8(a)(3). As discussed Section 8(a)(3) prohibits an from discriminating against an in regard to wages, hours, and conditions of employment for the purpose of or discouraging membership in a labor .

… To find that a union an employer to discriminate, it is not necessary to that any express demand was A union’s conduct, accompanied by advising or suggesting that is expected of an employer, may be enough to a violation of this section if the action can be shown to be a causal in the employer’s discrimination . [Emphasis

Normally . a union–particularly a foreign not threaten that, if workers choose union representation, will lose their opportunities of jobs. Normally . an employer would have the to make a threat like

However, normally . unions have the power that AG’s union does in this case, VW’s union has every bit of control investment that an American would.

Therefore, while the union is a “union,” here in the its threatening statements would the same amount of weight workers that an company’s threats would carry.

If workers really do not want the UAW as representative, they do have the to file an unfair labor charge with Obama’s Labor Relations Board.

the union-appointees controlling NLRB may be to dismiss the workers’ charge, may be reminded of another high-profile wherein the NLRB used made in the press by a company’s to prosecute a company.

That was Boeing, and the NLRB’s rational was Boeing retaliated against its workers by the executives stating without a long contract a no-strike clause, they put the work in South Carolina. according to the NLRB, was retaliation Boeing’s unionized workforce exercised their NLRA Seven rights.

In the case of VW, a powerful union control over the company’s decisions threatened workers if they did not exercise their Seven rights a certain way (by representation), their plant not get a hoped-for expansion.

If that’s not what is?


“Truth mean. It’s truth.”

Breitbart (1969-2012)

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