Skip to comments.Volkswagen workers in Tennessee vote no to union representation
Posted on 02/14/2014 7:44:45 PM PST by Innovative
In a stunning defeat that could accelerate the decades-long decline of the United Auto Workers, employees voted against union representation at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tennessee, plant, a factory seen as organized labor's best chance to expand in the U.S. South.
An official overseeing the vote, retired judge Sam Payne, said that a majority had voted against UAW representation by 712 to 626.
While voting was under way on Wednesday, Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker said VW would announce new investment in the plant if the UAW lost the secret ballot.
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Of course, guess which side was Obama on?
Talk about an earthquake!
Anyone got that pic of Nelson Muntz going “HA HA” we need that right now for the Unions
The workers, despite intense pressure, wisely voted to keep their jobs. Unfortunately, the closeness of the vote means that the UAW will be back.
Very good. I was afraid that they would fall for the usual unsustainable union promises. But I guess the lesson of Detroit has sunk in.
They will ask for a revote as they know the results were wrong. The union never loses. Where are the dead voters?
The margin of victory was less than 100 votes, or about seven percent.
The left usually demands to be awarded a victory by court order if they lose by an margin this small. Failing that, they’ll demand another election at the earliest opportunity.
Of course, if they win by even a single vote they treat it as a landslide victory. At that point, they declare that any further elections are “an attempt to turn back the clock.”
Wow. I was kind of worried about this vote. Thank goodness. I love the VW is in TN as is Nissan, and Toyota, Mercedes, Honda, Kia and Hyundai in AL with BMW in SC and maybe other locations and a new Air Bus coming to Mobile AL . . .
The Dem’s and the Lib’s hate that the red states are expanding and welcoming business . .. even if some of the profits go back to Japan or wherever Germany . . . the jobs are here, the economic benefit is HERE & NOW.
The Dem’s and Lib’s from the elite blue states would still prefer the southerners in the red states to be picking cotton by hand and plucking chickens by hand and picking tobacco which they continue to outlaw and ban.
We have a long way to go but Texas and other states are leading the way in creating new manufacturing and production.
A sigh of relief. Whew, glad the 700+ workers that voted DOWN the UAW had the good sense God gave ‘em.
VW was neutral. This is their only non-union plant.
If they had opposed the union, it probably would have lost by much more.
VW workers made a good choice. If there is another vote, I hope there is a larger NO union vote, sending the message to union elites loud and clear - stay out of my paycheck!
VW was silenced by the powerful German union. With Tennessee being non-union, it stands to reason expansion will be in the U.S. where they can obtain a larger profit margin. Dealing with unions is like holding rattlesnakes in a religious ceremony: do it enough and you will be bitten.
Bet Hussein Obama is a bit upset over this, this evening he was all for a YES union vote..
My husband worked for a company in Ohio for 38 years and Union tried to get in yearly..and they are to this day..Union free..
Good for the workers at VW..
wake up America..Remember in November..
I assumed that since a vote was being held at all that it was a foregone conclusion that they would vote for unionization.
I’m very happy to be wrong.
That was an uncomfortably close margin. I’m relieved it went the way that it did!
Waiting for the NLRB and/or Obama to issue ‘orders’ to Unionize the plant or punish VW itself.
The IRS I am sure is ready to do it’s master’s bidding.
This is what we in Hollywood were talking about. Move Warner to SC, and the Teamsters hold on Hollywood will vanish.
I look for Holder to find that those voting against the union were wearing the wrong colored socks and to require a new vote within a month......
Here in Everett WA the union memebers recently voted by a 1% margin to have Boeing stay in Everett. Union is losing big battles despite Obama’s stacking of the NLRB
Thank goodness the Orwellian-named Employee Free Choice Act never became law.
Good for them. The UAW needs to go away. The last thing workers need is someone else with their hand in their pocket
There are 626 employees who aren’t bright enough to know where their best interests are.
Watch, more companies will now make the moves into RTW states.
“There are 626 employees who arent bright enough to know where their best interests are.”
Hope VW doesn’t get 626 pro union subversives.
Unfortunately Corker’s comment will be interpreted by the NLRB as a violation and they will authorize a revote. Under this administration, not only is the deck stacked in favor of the union but the cards are marked and the dealer is in cahoots with them.
Too close for comfort, though!
Those 626 people have 62,600 equally as qualified people waiting in the wings who want decent jobs.
Not much local support for “subversive” acts against any decent employer who complies with labor laws.
Particularly when said “Unions” are all in for importing even more illegal aliens to keep their own corrupt protection rackets operating.
In 2016, we need to elect a President who swears to sign on day one, an Executive Order to abolish employee “Unions” for Federal government employees.
BMW spent a billion dollars expanding the plant in South Carolina.
Video at end of thread: http://www.businessinsider.com/bmws-massive-non-union-plant-is-basically-a-huge-screw-you-to-unions-2011-2
Good for those workers.
Keep the money you work for instead of forking it over to a union......
I belonged one time for a couple of months. I could not wait to get out of that. What a nightmare.
VW was neutral. This is their only non-union plant.
No it wasn’t don’t forget where where and how VW started from. The German unions have always had a heavy hand in its corporate structure. Thank you Willy Brandt and the German socialist party. Brandt btw spent the war years working in Detroit when he returned he became mayor of west Berlin and eventually Chacellor. VW wanted the union it may still come to pass.
Very good news.
And they say southerners aren’t smart
Don’t expect German workers to be happy. I imagine their po’ed about the plant being built overseas at all.
UAW got Burnt.....
Got Burnt old school.
The UAW said it would "evaluate" the conduct in the vote, where 89 percent of eligible workers cast ballots.
Here comes the demands for recounts and boxes full of ballots magically appearing in the trunk of someone's car.
Obama weighed in, too:
Obama weighs in on contentious union vote at Volkswagen plant
Reuters ^ | 02/14/2014 | Richard Cowan & Bernie Woodall
Posted on Friday, February 14, 2014 2:16:38 PM by Rusty0604
P resident Barack Obama on Friday waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG’s plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.
Obama’s interjection in the war of words on Friday, albeit behind closed doors, underscored how much is stake in the three-day vote by VW’s 1,550 hourly workers. The vote is due to end at 8:30 p.m. ET and the results could be announced soon after that.
Obama said everyone was in favor of the UAW representing Volkswagen except for local politicians who “are more concerned about German shareholders than American workers,” according to a Democratic aide who attended the meeting with Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives.
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I suspect that the numbers are available for the racial composition of the VW work force...I’d guess at about 30%..we’ll never know, thank God for the sanctity of the ballot, but I’d wager that 95% of black VW workers voted for it..
I thought the same thing. I never considered buying a VW anyway, but I just might put them on my short list next time.
Those German workers in Chattanooga have been heavily compensated for being here
Most of the top jobs are held by Germans..
It cost Tennessee a bundle to get them to come here..
Thanks for nothing Bob Corker...
Almost HALF voted FOR the union??? OMG!!
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