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Forum Post: Republican Lawmakers Intimidate VW Workers.

Posted 5 months ago on Feb. 18, 2014, 9:12 a.m. EST by WSmith (4187) from Cornelius, OR
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Lawmakers Intimidate VW Workers.

Submitted by Thom Hartmann A... on 17. February 2014 - 8:55

It's illegal for an employer to intimidate workers trying to form a union, but apparently it's just fine when a lawmaker does it. On Friday, workers at a Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voted against joining the United Auto Workers union. However, that vote may have turned out differently if workers weren't pressured by Republican Governor Bill Haslam and Senator Bob Corker.

In the days leading up to that vote, Governor Haslam warned that he would take away Volkswagen's state tax incentives if workers unionized, and Senator Corker claimed that a “no” vote would lead to the production of a new SUV at that plant. Volkswagen flatly denied Corker's claim, and expressed their support for the workers, but that wasn't enough to relieve the fear created by these powerful Republicans.

The UAW issued a statement saying, “We're outraged by politicians and outside special interest groups interfering with the basic legal right of workers to form a union.” And, they may ask the National Labor Relations Board to overturn Friday's vote. For decades, we've seen corporations fight to block workers from organizing, but these extreme anti-worker tactics are a new low for politicians.

Hopefully, the NLRB will overturn this vote, and give workers a chance to make their decision without intense pressure and lies from those in public office. Either way, it's clear who Governor Haslam and Senator Corker really work for, and every voter should remember that during the next election. This November, 2014!

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[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 5 months ago

socially

people are not supposed to talk about their pay with follow workers

that supposed to be a centralized assignment

a private negotiation only you are the boss are connect through

[-] 0 points by shooz (17785) 5 months ago

Says who?

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 5 months ago

not open for discussion at work

[-] -1 points by shooz (17785) 5 months ago

We used to compare our checks all the time.

hours worked, were always posted for all to see.

Where do you work?

Gotta be non-union bullshit.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 5 months ago

I quit that dish washing job

I held that place together for 2 years

[-] 0 points by shooz (17785) 5 months ago

Union YES!

As I've said many times over.

Now do you understand?

[-] 0 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 5 months ago

I understand that I can't find a job

[-] 0 points by shooz (17785) 5 months ago

You quit the Navy in a Navy town, that's going underwater due to global warming. You may have to give up your sun tan.

Even Joe the plumber joined the UAW for job.

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[-] 0 points by shooz (17785) 5 months ago

There's only a small contingent of pro-union posters left around here these days.

Don't expect much.

Thanks for posting this though. It needed to be said.