Volkswagen’s Plus One: The UAW

Posted by Margaret Mire on Friday, March 6th, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Permalink

Tennessee Got More Than It Bargained For in Chattanooga

 

“Would you rather?” is a pretty simple children’s game.

 

For example, would you rather your best friend skip your party, or come with their annoying friend?

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CWF in the Washington Examiner

Posted by Margaret Mire on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 12:28 pm - Permalink

Eric Wilson, Volkswagen Maintenance Specialist and U.S. army veteran, was suspended from work until further notice for voicing his displeasure with his superiors, who ignored the results of a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election and granted limited recognition to the United Auto Workers (UAW).

The Center for Worker Freedom’s Matt Patterson and Margaret Mire recently co-authored an article for the Washington Examiner about Wilson’s story.

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Volkswagen Suspends Anti-Union Veteran

Posted by Margaret Mire on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 12:17 pm - Permalink

Are Volkswagen executives are undermining the democratic process? 

On Valentine’s Day 2014, Volkswagen, Chattanooga workers rejected the United Auto Workers (UAW) in a representation election.  However, over a year later, the union is still around. How so?

In November 2014, Volkswagen executives announced a new policy that gives limited recognition to all “eligible organizations.”  The UAW, now known in Chattanooga as the “Local 42,” fits this category.

But Volkswagen executives did not stop there.

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CWF’s Matt Patterson on The Diane Rehm Show WAMU 88.5

Posted by Margaret Mire on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 at 12:16 pm - Permalink

The Center for Worker Freedom’s Matt Patterson recently discussed right-to-work on The Diane Rehm Show.  Other guests included Melanie Trottman, reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Philip Dine, journalist and author of “State of the Unions,” and Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of Economic Policy Institute. 

To listen to the show, click here.

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CWF in the Chattanoogan.com

Posted by Margaret Mire on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at 3:40 pm - Permalink

Roy Exum’s recent Chattanoogan.com column highlights the latest chapter of the United Auto Workers (UAW) at the NTN-Bower Corporation in Hamilton, Alabama.  After a series of elections – all of which were declared invalid – the workers there were finally able to decertify the UAW from their workplace. 

In his column, Exum notes that other auto plant workers in the south should be alarmed at the UAW’s desperation to stay in Hamilton.  The union is frantically trying “to organize before this summer’s pivotal meetings with the ‘Big Three’ automakers in Detroit.”

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Dueling Unions at Volkswagen, Chattanooga

Posted by Margaret Mire on Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 1:52 pm - Permalink

A recent Washington Times editorial highlighted Volkswagen, Chattanooga’s continuing dance with the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the American Council of Employees (ACE). 

Volkswagen policy gives all “eligible organizations” opportunities “to engage in constructive dialogue with Volkswagen and its employees.” The policy is broken into three tiers, membership greater than 15, 30 and 45 percent, giving more access to human resources personnel and the like to organizations with more worker support.

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CWF in the Washington Examiner

Posted by Margaret Mire on Friday, February 20th, 2015 at 1:51 pm - Permalink

The Washington Examiner recently highlighted the latest labor-related developments at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The Center for Worker Freedom’s Matt Patterson was quoted in the article, noting the union-free status of the plant:

Matt Patterson, executive director of the Center for Worker Freedom, an affiliate of the conservative Americans for Tax Reform, noted that "Both groups are essentially unofficial, voluntary clubs and Volkswagen, Chattanooga remains union-free — for now."’

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CWF in Fox News Opinion

Posted by Margaret Mire on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 12:27 pm - Permalink

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) has been orchestrating work slowages at ports along the West Coast for months.  Contracts between the ILWU and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), negotiator for businesses in maritime agreements with the ILWU, expired in July and they have yet to reach a new agreement.

The Center for Worker Freedom’s Matt Patterson discussed the terror these slowages are bringing to the economy recently in Fox News Opinion, where he wrote:

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CWF in International Business Times

Posted by Margaret Mire on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 12:26 pm - Permalink

A recent International Business Times article highlighted the latest labor-related developments at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where workers from the American Council of Employees (ACE) have petitioned the company for limited recognition.

The Center for Worker Freedom’s Matt Patterson was quoted in this article explaining the problem with ACE’s recognition:

‘Patterson…said he’s skeptical of the group’s decision to bargain with Volkswagen.

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Americans for Tax Reform, Center for Worker Freedom Support Local Right-to-Work in Kentucky

Posted by Margaret Mire on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 1:47 pm - Permalink

For Immediate Release:

February 12, 2015

The Center for Worker Freedom (CWF) is proud to announce its support of the efforts of county officials in Kentucky to pass local right-to-work ordinances.

Multiple Kentucky counties have passed right-to-work in the last two months, including Warren, Todd, Fulton, Simpson, Harden and Cumberland Counties, and many more are poised to follow.

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Local Right-to-Work Can Boost Economy, Freedom

Posted by Matt Patterson on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 1:37 pm - Permalink

 

Elected officials always look for ways to make their cities and counties more economically competitive. And businesses look for a variety of factors when deciding where to locate or open new facilities.

One of those factors is right-to-work.

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) provides that states may pass laws, commonly known as right-to-work, which forbid the compulsory collection of union dues. In the 24 states that have passed such laws, both employers and employees enjoy a freer and more flexible labor market.

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Illinois Gov. Rauner Ends the Forced Unionization of Public Employees

Posted by Will Upton on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 at 12:01 pm - Permalink

 

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CWF in the Washington Examiner

Posted by Margaret Mire on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 3:48 pm - Permalink

 

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Kentucky’s Volatile Beakers

Posted by Margaret Mire on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 3:19 pm - Permalink

Bluegrass State Experimenting with Local Right-to-Work

America boasts of being the land of the free. 

But is it?  For workers in non-right-to-work states, freedom only stretches so far.

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) allows state legislatures to pass right-to-work laws which give workers the freedom to opt-out of paying union dues.  Unfortunately, only 24 states have passed such laws.

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CWF on the Alan Nathan Show

Posted by Admin on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 at 3:19 pm - Permalink

The Center for Worker Freedom's Matt Patterson will appear on the Alan Nathan Radio Show today at 5:06 pm Eastern to discuss the wacky world of jobs numbers.

Listen live here.

 

 

 

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Columbia Prof Flunks Labor Logic

Posted by Margaret Mire on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Permalink

You Can Take Mike Elk out of the Union, but You Can’t Take the Union out of Mike Elk

Can union activists be unbiased labor reporters?

Columbia Professor Ari Paul thinks so.

In a lengthy defense of Mike Elk, a union supporter controversially hired by POLITICO to cover labor and employment, Paul argues that there is no conflict of interest in such an arrangement:

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