If the VW union wasn't looking after the needs of its employees appropriately, then by all means, vote them out. But, as with everything else in public life, it has become a political issue as much as anything else.
Eco-Logic's statements about the UAW vote in Chattanooga are so far removed from the actual events, I have to consider the possibility that he's thinking of some other, very different, event.
1) The unionization vote took place in February of 2014 -- not "last year."
2) The UAW was not an existing presence that was "voted the FUCK out" -- the plant held a vote to decide whether or not they were going to join the UAW for the first time.
3) The UAW dropped its appeal back in April. As far as I can tell, it had not progressed beyond a single filing with the NLRB back in February which notified the board of their intent to appeal. Hardly a cause for "millions in legal fees," much less a bunch of "ass rubbing."
4) The reason for the appeal was that the vote -- which Eco-Logic is so vocally proud of -- was tainted by the Republican state legislators threatening to block millions of dollars in tax incentives
if the workers voted to unionize, effectively terminating a planned expansion to the plant and putting the workers' jobs in jeopardy.
Not only are Republican legislators accusing Volkswagen of backing the UAW, some of their leaders on Monday threatened to withhold tax incentives for future expansion of the 3-year-old assembly plant in Chattanooga if workers vote this week to join the UAW.
About 1,500 workers will vote from Wednesday through Friday in an election that the National Labor Relations Board will conduct.
The company plans to expand in Chattanooga or at a Mexican plant to produce a midsize SUV. Overall, Volkswagen intends to invest about $7 billion in North America over the next five years to achieve a goal of selling more than 1 million Volkswagen and Audi vehicles in the U.S. by 2018.
"It has been widely reported that Volkswagen has promoted a campaign that has been unfair, unbalanced and, quite frankly, un-American in the traditions of American labor campaigns," State Sen. Bo Watson, R-Chattanooga, said in a statement sent to the Free Press. "Should the workers choose to be represented by the United Auto Workers, then I believe additional incentives for expansion will have a very tough time passing the Tennessee Senate."
But here's the real kicker: at the same time that state Republicans were threatening to punish VW workers if they voted to unionize, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker was promising them Volkswagon would grant them a massive new manufacturing contract if they didn't. The problem? Volkswagon disagreed.
CHATTANOOGA (Reuters) -- Volkswagen AG, in a brief but bluntly worded statement on Thursday, said a vote this week on UAW representation at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant would have no bearing on whether it will build a new crossover vehicle there.
The statement was contrary to U.S. Senator Bob Corker's announcement on Wednesday that he had been "assured" that if workers at the factory reject UAW representation, the company would reward the plant with a new product to build.
"There is no connection between our Chattanooga employees' decision about whether to be represented by a union and the decision about where to build a new product for the U.S. market," said Frank Fischer, chairman and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga.
Corker, a Tennessee Republican, made the assertion, which ran counter to previous public statements by VW, on the first day of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers on UAW representation.
This is what Eco-Logic is so proud of: Tennessee Republicans telling bald-faced lies and threatening the jobs of a bunch of blue collar workers if they voted to join a union for better representation with their employer.
But again, maybe Eco-Logic is thinking of some other, unrelated VW - UAW unionization vote that occurred in Chattanooga..."last year." Anyone know if Volkswagon has recently struck up some sort of game development or publishing deal that might make this thread at least *theoretically* relevant to the PC / Console Gaming board?