Corker Says It Will Be “Unprecedented” If NLRB Overturns Decision Of Volkswagen Workers

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Appearing on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends” to discuss Volkswagen Chattanooga workers’ recent vote against representation by the United Auto Workers union, U.S. Senator Bob Corker said it would be “unprecedented” if the National Labor Relations Board overturns the decision of employees at the plant due to comments by elected officials.  

"The workers realized that there was just nothing the UAW had to offer," said Senator Corker.  "They were there because of money. They were there because of dues. [The employees] already made more than what UAW workers in other plants with the same length of service were making.  Now the UAW is appealing… saying we interfered somehow by sharing concerns with our community. It will be unprecedented if the National Labor Relations Board overrules for that reason.”

Senator Corker went on to discuss the double standard he and other Republican elected officials are being held to, noting that President Obama weighed in on behalf of the UAW during the three-day voting period.

“The president weighed in during the election process also,” said Senator Corker. “For me to express concerns about what it would mean to our community and our state over time is something that I think people elect me to do. This is an interesting case. Hopefully – even though this is [President] Obama’s NLRB, these are his appointees – hopefully they will do the right thing here and not try to muzzle people who are elected by people in their state.”

Senator Corker penned an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday warning of the high stakes of the NLRB ruling on an appeal filed by the UAW. “The National Labor Relations Board soon will have to decide whether to follow years of precedent and let the vote of the workers stand—or whether it will try to muzzle elected officials and prevent them from weighing in on issues of critical importance to the communities they represent, possibly because the members of the NLRB did not like the outcome of a vote by workers. The nation will be watching this ruling closely.” 

Read the op-ed in its entirety here.


Corker Says Probe To Point Directly At Russia

Appearing on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown on Wednesday to discuss the missile strike on Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine, Senator Bob Corker said the investigation is “going to point directly at Russia.” He said there is bipartisan support for the U.S. “to act alone without Europe” in expanding existing sanctions against significant Russian entities in the energy, financial ... (click for more)

Reward Offered In Bradley Church Thefts

A reward has been posted for information that helps property crimes detectives working thefts of exterior heat and air conditioning units at four rural churches to solve these crimes.    The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office posted the reward, an amount up to $500, for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for losses ... (click for more)

The Truth From Weston’s Sister - And Response (3)

I try not to read the negative articles and opinions about my older brother. Growing up around politics, I learned a long time ago that thick skin is not only necessary, it’s paramount. But this time, the lies and the rumors and the inaccurate information has gone too far. It’s too ridiculous for me to ignore. So let’s clear a few things up: Weston and I do not “come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oscar Brock’s True Passion

I don’t pay much attention to the Hamilton County School Board. Once the moon and the stars aligned behind Superintendent Rick Smith, you hear very little, if anything, from the nine-member council that oversees an annual budget of almost $400 million and employs 4,480 people. So chew this for a minute: approximately 2,000 of those people are not teachers. Yes, there are 78 principals ... (click for more)

Vols Open 2018 Season Against West Virginia In Charlotte

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.   – The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced Tuesday that the Tennessee Volunteers will open the 2018 season on September 1 against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. All information related to kickoff date, time and tickets will be announced at ... (click for more)

Lookouts 8th Inning Rally Wednesday Burns Biscuits, 6-5

Down two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning third baseman Alex Liddi smashed his third double of the game to clear the bases and lead the Chattanooga Lookouts to a 6-5 win over the Montgomery Biscuits. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for the Biscuits while the Lookouts snapped a six-game losing streak. Recap After a scoreless first inning, the Lookouts got on ... (click for more)