VW considering distregarding union vote at Chattnooga plant

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/apr/07/vw-considering-tossing-election-results-and-accept/?breakingnews>This would be great news. An anti-union group said today that Volkswagen is considering disregarding the February election results over United Auto Workers representation at the Chattanooga plant and accepting authorization cards the union claims to have collected last year.

Matt Patterson of the Center for Worker Freedom said that such a course of action [...]

Not a moment, but a movement.

The day before the Reverend Dr. William Barber II spoke at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison, the Reverend Curtis Gatewood, community organizer with the HKonJ/Moral Monday’s movement in North Carolina, spoke with Eric Schubring and Fightingbob.com founder Ed Garvey on WOJB community radio. Scroll down on the WOJB website to find the recording and give [...]

Saturday Humor or Maybe Irony: On the Teaching Profession

Last Panel: little kid is a Republican…the janitor a Democrat.

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County Supervisor Wants Us Working On The Chain Gang

We all realize that this winter has been one of the hardest on our streets and highways. All of us have certainly hit potholes that rattled our filings when they couldn’t be avoided. But I am not sure that using inmates from the County House of Corrections to fill the potholes is the correct answer. [...]

UAW appeals Volkswagen union vote, citing “extraordinary interference”

This is great news! The United Auto Workers will appeal its loss in a unionization vote at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., claiming it faced “extraordinary interference” from Republican politicians like Sen. Bob Corker and Gov. Bill Haslam.

The vote, held last week, was UAW’s best opportunity in 40 years to organize a Southern, [...]

How was the UAW defeated at Volkswagen in Tennessee?

On the heels of the UAW’s narrow defeat in their attempt to unionize a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, Mike Elk has some thoughts on how the UAW was defeated. Volkswagen signed a 22-page neutrality agreement pledging not to interfere in the union election at the Chattanooga plant. The company even let the union onto the [...]

UAW following Volkswagen road map to organize at Mercedes U.S. plant

This is a great step in the right direction. The United Auto Workers union is following the same road map at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama that it used to reach its historic vote to represent Volkswagen employees in Tennessee.

The UAW has been working with German union IG Metall and the Daimler works council, [...]

The NLRB Finally Charges Wal-mart with Labor Violations!

In an investigation and negotiation with Wal-Mart over alleged abusive labor practices that have been ongoing since November of 2013, the NLRB has finally brought charges against the retailer:

The NLRB said the retailer illegally fired, disciplined or threatened more than 60 employees in 14 states for participating in legally protected activities to complain [...]

Dems in legislature to introduce bill to restore collective bargaining for public employees

From my email inbox: MADISON – State Representatives Chris Taylor (D-Madison), Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) and Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) announced today they will introduce a bill to reinstate the collective bargaining rights Governor Walker and legislative Republicans stripped from public workers last legislative session.

“I helped implement collective bargaining in the 1959 legislative session and [...]

Mary Burke and Marty Beil agree on a few things

Over at Cognitive Dissidence, Jeff Simpson is on the offensive against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke on the issue of the restoration of collective bargaining rights for public employees.

At the root of Simpson’s attack is Burke’s response when asked about Act 10, Gov. Walker’s union-busting, collective bargaining-eliminating legislation by Judith Davidoff of the Isthmus|Daily [...]

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