Monday, April 21, 2014

United Auto Workers drops challenge to Volkswagen vote in Tennessee

In a surprise move today, the United Auto Workers dropped its effort to overturn the result of the Feb. 14 unionization election at theVolkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., as my Washington Examinercolleague Sean Higgins has reported. Despite lack of opposition from Volkswagen, which was under pressure from its German union IG Metall, the UAW lost the election by a 712-626 margin. The UAW had been challenging the election at the National Labor Relations Board, with its current pro-union majority, and had subpoenaed Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Sen. Bob Corker who, it claimed, had made remarks that made it, in the words of UAW President Bob King, a “tainted election.”

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