Sen. Corker Urges Board To Keep Election Results Intact: The Chattanoogan reports that Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) made a public appeal on national television yesterday, urging the National Labor Relations Board not to disturb the results of last month's election at Chattanooga's Volkswagen Plant. The reader may recall that the United Auto Workers were voted down in a tight race, with the union only losing by about 80 votes.
"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 has been on a crusade regarding this election in recent weeks, as he also penned an op/ed in the Wall Street Journal calling on the Board to let the results stand. The Board is currently considering its options. We will report more when a decision is rendered.
Stater Bros Making Progress In UFCW Talks: Jack Katzanek of the Press Enterprise reports that Stater Bros. supermarkets are currently in negotiations with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) over a new collective bargaining agreement for the store workers. Further negotiation sessions are scheduled in the next couple of weeks. Interestingly, a company spokesman declined to comment on the progress of the negotiations, stating that he does not like to make public proclamations concerning labor relations.
Unions Reach Agreement With Tropicana: The Associated Press reports that two labor unions have come to five-year agreements with the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Both the Culinary and the Bartenders unions announced yesterday that they had agreed to terms with the Hotel. Terms of the deal were not released, but it will cover about 650 employees.