UAW Files Appeal With The National Labor Relations Board On VW Chattanooga Union Vote

Friday, February 21, 2014

The United Auto Workers on Friday filed an appeal with the National Labor Relations Board, saying that interference from Senator Bob Corker and others swayed the election at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant against the UAW.

The UAW took a narrow loss in the election a week ago.

Senator Corker, as well as former County Mayor Claude Ramsey, state Senator Bo Watson and House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, held press conferences urging rejection of the UAW. Senator Watson said the state would be wary of continuing to help VW if the UAW got in.

Senator Corker said he was advised by top VW officials that Chattanooga would get a second VW line if the union did not get in.

Senator Corker said, “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. Unfortunately, I have to assume that today's action may slow down Volkswagen’s final discussions on the new SUV line. This complaint affirms the point many of us have been making: that the UAW is only interested in its own survival and not the interests of the great employees at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen facility nor the company for which they work.”

As mayor of Chattanooga from 2001-2005, Senator Corker said he worked with officials and community leaders to develop the 1,200-acre Enterprise South Industrial Park, which is now home to Volkswagen's North American manufacturing headquarters. Much of the negotiation that led to Volkswagen choosing Chattanooga occurred around the dining room table of Corker’s Chattanooga home, it was stated.

Senator Lamar Alexander said, “Labor laws are written to allow employees to decide whether they want a union, not to ensure that unions win. For 30 years, 10s of thousands of new auto jobs have raised Tennessee family incomes and our workers have decided in almost every case that they are better off union-free. The UAW may not like this, but that is the right of employees in a right-to-work state like Tennessee.”

 


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AGER, ELIZABETH JOHANNA  430 W 38TH STREET CHATTANOOGA, 374100000  Age at Arrest: 31 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga THEFT UNDER $500 CRIMINAL TRESPASSING --- BIVENS, ANGELA CHERIE  716 ELY ROAD HIXSON, 37343  Age at Arrest: 33 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

East Ridge Man Crashes Into Kors Appliances

A 43-year-old East Ridge man who ran his car into a Brainerd Road business and then fled the scene is scheduled to appear in Hamilton County Criminal Sessions Court on Aug. 5.   Alpha Himayoro Sy, a native of Senegal who resides at 730 Germantown Circle, faces numerous charges. They include leaving the scene of an accident, failure to exercise due care, reckless driving, ... (click for more)

How To Be #ChattanoogaStrong

Chattanooga is my home; I was born here 35 years ago. Without a doubt, this has been one of the most challenging times in our city's history. The #ChattanoogaStrong hashtag will remain for quite some time, but it means so much more than 18 characters on social media. It represents the sorrow and mourning, as well as the resilience and compassion, of our exceptional community.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Hero Is Coming Home

In late September, a very special funeral will be held in Bearden, Tenn., when 1 st Lt. Alexander “Sandy” Bonnyman Jr., will finally come home to lie in peace with his family. Sandy’s been dead for 72 years now, ever since he was killed in combat on the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands on Nov. 22, 1943. He and a number of other Marine heroes were buried back then in a shallow ... (click for more)

CFC Returns To National Championship With 3-0 Semifinal Win

The Chattanooga Football Club didn't score until the 69th minute but after Chris Ochieng's first goal, they would score two more to earn a 3-0 win over visiting Indiana Fire.   The NPSL national semifinal win, before more than 9,200 fans, gives Chattanooga another shot at a national championship after losing to the New York Red Bulls U23 team in the 2014 final.   ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Chattanooga FC Shuts Out Indiana By 3-Nil