The UAW is Coming to Town

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at 1:09 pm - Permalink

The United Auto Workers Union (UAW) is hell-bent on stealing Christmas, taking hundreds of dollars from autoworkers and their families that might have been spent on loved-ones and stuffing it into the pockets of Democratic politicians.

The UAW and the Grinch have something in common. They both steal from hardworking people. The UAW through forced dues and the Grinch through forced entry. The Grinch wants to rob people of happiness; the UAW wants power and it needs your money to get it.

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CWF in Forbes

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Friday, November 20th, 2015 at 1:30 pm - Permalink

The Center for Worker Freedom's Executive Director Matt Patterson wrote an article for Forbes on Friday November 20, 2015 about Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to build a government-run casino. This is an attempt by Chicago to fix the extreme deficit they are running in their public pension system. 

Patterson describes why Mayor Emanuel wants to build a government-run casino and points out the various problems with this destructive idea. One of Patterson's points is: 

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Bad Timing

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 11:54 am - Permalink

Volkswagen Denies UAW’s Request to Unionize at Chattanooga Plant

The recent attempt by the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) Local 42 to be recognized by a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee was contested by the automaker’s leadership.

 One hundred sixty-five maintenance workers filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on October 23, 2015 to give UAW Local 42 collective bargaining power. Currently, Local 42 acts as a forum for conversation, but is not an official part of the UAW and cannot collect dues or such.

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Déjà Vu Again

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 3:28 pm - Permalink

Maintenance Workers Attempt to Fix a Plant that is Not Broken

On Friday October 23, 2015 165 Chattanooga Volkswagen maintenance employees filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a secret ballot election to give United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 42 collective bargaining power.

This is the UAW’s way of trying to unionize the entire Volkswagen plant one group at a time and there’s a term for it, micro-unions.

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UAW quoted in Times Free Press

Posted on Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 1:44 pm - Permalink

On Thursday October 29, 2015 Times Free Press quoted the CWF's Executive Director Matt Patterson. Mike Pare's piece, "ACE won't seek place with UAW on VW ballot" discusses the 165 Volkswagen maintenance employees who filed on Friday October 23, 2015 with the National Labor Relations Board to seek UAW representation. 

Pare wrote that Patterson expressed "he was not suprised the UAW was seeking another election" and that the UAW "wants an election as soon as possible".  

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I Want More!!

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Friday, October 23rd, 2015 at 5:20 pm - Permalink

Approval of the Fiat Chrysler contract influences negotiations with Ford and GM

The results are in and members of the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) have voted to pass a labor agreement with Fiat Chrysler.  On October 20, 2015 and October 21, 2015, 40,000 workers voted on the second contract between Fiat Chrysler and the UAW. The first was rejected by 65 percent of union members.

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CWF in the Washington Examiner

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 4:31 pm - Permalink

The Center for Worker Freedom's Executive Director Matt Patterson was recently quoted in the Washington Examiner. Sarah Westwood's piece, "Labor-Dem Money-go-Round" published on October 18, 2015 discusses the uncomfortably close relationship between big unions, the Amalgamated Bank, and the Democratic Party. 

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CWF on the Grover Norquist Show

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 5:02 pm - Permalink

Matt Patterson, the Executive Director at the Center for Worker Freedom, appeared on The Grover Norquist Show on October 13, 2015. He talked about the recent veto session vote in Missouri on right-to-work and the 8 Republican representatives that refused to vote for worker freedom. 

Click here to listen. 

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A Mess of their Own Making

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Permalink

UAW members want blood – and the union is responsible

Since the 2007 recession the United Auto Workers (UAW) has treated the car companies as the enemy.  

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Empowerment for Workers Means an Empowered Economy

Posted by Matthew Benzmiller on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 3:42 pm - Permalink

At the Summit on Workers’ Empowerment on October 6th, people interested in worker freedoms gathered to join at the Heritage Foundation to listen to ways that workers are fighting back against government, and quasi-government forces in the work place. People who have fought against unions and unfair licensing restrictions spoke on panels about their stories.

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Missouri's Most Wanted

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 at 9:55 am - Permalink

The Center for Worker Freedom today unveiled a new ad campaign targeting eight of the Missouri legislators who voted NO on right-to-work in the veto session on September 16, 2015.  CWF Executive Director Matt Patterson wrote a piece for the American Spectator called “The Hateful 8” about the actions of these legislators and their choice to vote against worker freedom.

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CWF in The Orange County Register

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 at 5:16 pm - Permalink

On September 26, 2015, The Orange County Register published a piece titled "State Agency Serves Interests of Union for Farm Workers" by the Center for Worker Freedom's research fellow Margaret Mire. 

In the piece, Mire writes about California judge Mark Soble's recent decision in the UFW vs. Gerawan Farming case. 

"Administrative law judge Mark Soble presided over ALRB hearings on the UFW-Gerawan matter, the longest and most expensive labor hearing in California history. And, Sept. 17, Soble announced his ruling in favor of the UFW and the ALRB."

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CWF in BloombergPolitics

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 at 2:17 pm - Permalink

On Monday September 28, 2015, Tim Jones of Bloomberg Politics quoted the CWF’s Executive Director Matt Patterson. In his piece Jones discussed union membership.

Patterson was quoted as saying:

“They’re still shrinking… Even though there are victories, like in Alabama, they’re going to have to have a lot more momentum than this to reverse this catastrophic free-fall of the past few decades.”

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CWF featured in In These Times

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 at 2:12 pm - Permalink

David Bacon, writing for In These Times, recently quoted CWF's Executive Director Matt Patterson in his September 24, 2015 piece referencing Patterson’s Forbes article.

He quotes Patterson saying:

 "farm workers in California’s Central Valley are finding their civil liberties stripped from them today—by a government agency ... [that] wants to force the union of Gerawan until the election is ‘investigated’.”

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CWF's Work Highlighted in Politico

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 12:26 pm - Permalink

On Monday, September 21st,  Politico highlighted the Gerawan Farm workers fight. They have been fighting the United Farm Workers Union for the past two years. The UFW is refusing to count the votes cast by the workers in 2013. 

The CWF has been helping the workers fight the UFW. The post notes the, "Center for Worker Freedom has lobbied the California state government aggressively to rein in the ALRB and its oversight of the case. Gerawan plans to appeal."

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CWF in The Daily Caller

Posted by Julie Lucarelli on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 12:08 pm - Permalink

Recently the CWF was quoted exclusivly in The Daily Caller. Connor D. Wolf quoted our Executive Director, Matt Patterson, in his piece, "Unions Win Stunning Victory in Missouri" published on September 16, 2015.

Wolf quoted Matt Patterson as saying, “Right-to-work has been shown to attract businesses and boost jobs... “Missouri is competing with right-to-work states on almost all sides. If it wants to stay competitive it needs to be right-to-work.”

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