United Auto Workers President Bob King's abrupt decision Monday to abandon his effort to overturn his union's defeat at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant raises the question of how sincere the whole effort was in the first place. Did he ever really think he could have somehow reversed his union's rejection by Volkswagen employees? Or was his complaint to the National Labor Relations Board just an elaborate attempt to paint the UAW as the victim and save face?
That King withdrew the complaint before the board could actually hear the case — but after it had generated two months of news stories repeating UAW’s cries of “no fair!” — suggest that, yes, it was all just for show.
To be fair to King, he had to save face. After all, the union had gone into the election with virtually every advantage possible. Volkswagen was not opposing unionization. In fact, it was actually helping the UAW out under pressure from its German union. Company executives had publicly dropped hints that having a union at the Chattanooga plant would boost the chances that Volkswagen would add a new SUV line there. Plant managers also did more overt things like force workers to attend mandatory meetings to hear from union organizers. Anti-union groups were barred from the plant.....To Read More...
My Take - And after all this they claim the election was "not fair"! Apparently the only fair thing would have been for the union, VW and the NLRB to have the ability to impose membership whether they wanted it or not. We've gone way past dangerous now.