UAW Objects To TN Election Results: Abigail Rubenstein of Law360 ($$) reports that lats Friday, the United Auto Workers (UAW) filed objections with the National Labor Relations Board regarding the representation election that took place at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN plant from February 12-14 of this year. The crux of UAW’s objections concern Tennessee politicos and other organizations who allegedly coordinated a widespread anti-union campaign in the days leading up to the election. As a result, the UAW believes the election was tainted and the results should be thrown out.
“It is extraordinary interference in the private decision of workers to have a U.S. senator, a governor and leaders of the state legislature threaten the company with the denial of economic incentives and workers with a loss of product,” [UAW President Bob] King said. “We’re committed to standing with the Volkswagen workers to ensure that their right to have a fair vote without coercion and interference is protected.”
The final results of the election are now in the hands of the National Labor Relations Board. We will keep you posted on any decisions as they are publicized.
Chicago Tribune’s Take On NU Union Fight: David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune argues that the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) picked the "wrong place in Northwestern and the wrong face in [quarterback Kain] Colter" to be the first battleground in what will likely be a long stand-off between the NCAA and student/athletes over wages. Haugh notes that Colter is currently at the NFL Combine after graduating with a 3.2 grade point average. It would have made more sense for CAPA to push a union campaign at a University with lower graduation rates and less academic prestige. Further, having a successful graduate at the head of the campaign could be seen to undercut the players’ claims that the school does not care about their academic success.
ULPs Filed Against Walmart Contractor: Teresa Auch Schultz of the Post-Tribune writes employees working at Walmart Consolidation Center No. 7100 in Illinois have filed unfair labor practice charges against their employer with the National Labor Relations Board. In pertinent part, the charges allege that Walmart contractor LINC Logistics failed to provide safe working conditions for the workers, then retaliated against those same workers for raising concerns. In a short statement, a Walmart spokesperson noted that the workers were not Walmart employees. However, the spokesperson also stated that all contractors are expected to follow federal labor law.