UAW Appeals Tennessee Loss, Slams Sen. Bob Corker
Union says he unfairly swayed vote
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 22, 2014 8:25 AM CST
United Auto Workers President Bob King discusses the union's defeat.   (Erik Schelzig)

(Newser) – The United Auto Workers is challenging last week's close vote by workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., that rejected the UAW's bid to represent them. In an appeal filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the union asserted that "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups" had swayed the election. In particular, the appeal took aim at Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican and former Chattanooga mayor, who suggested that a "no" vote would lead a Volkswagen expansion in the state.

The UAW bid was defeated in a 712-626 vote, even though the German company generally is considered labor-friendly. "It's an outrage that politically motivated third parties threatened the economic future of this facility and the opportunity for workers to create a successful operating model that would grow jobs in Tennessee," said UAW President Bob King. Corker defended his high-profile opposition: "The workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant spoke very clearly last week, so we are disappointed the UAW is ignoring their decision and has filed this objection."

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Carl in SC
Feb 25, 2014 8:19 AM CST
Oh sure, and are we to believe third parties favorable to the UAW were not involved also?? I HATE the UAW because they keep driving up the costs of American made vehicles and use members' dues to support the liberal/Marxist politicians against the wishes of some members. These devils likely will keep pressuring until they are successful after trying several times to get into the plant. I'd like to see a comparison of this plant with a typical UAW plant as far as pay, benefits, work conditions and so forth.
clstans
Feb 24, 2014 12:28 PM CST
Unions are a joke, all they do is drive up costs and keep non working people in jobs. When they were started they served a purpose because there were no laws protecting workers, but they are now so we do not need them. They got what the deserve and need to quit crying and move on.
Lou Bernardo
Feb 24, 2014 7:19 AM CST
The UAW wants to do to Tennessee workers what they did to the GM and Chrysler union members. Screw them and put them out of work with their constant demands for more money and less production. Good they lost. Tennessee workers obviously aren't "dumb hillbillies" like so many "big city snobs" think they are.