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Chattanooga difference: The card-check factor

| Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

All who value workers' right to free choice owe gratitude to eight courageous Volkswagen employees. Their complaints alleging United Auto Workers coercion kept VW's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant from being unionized without the secret ballot that rejected UAW representation.

VW has union representation on its board in Germany. It welcomed the UAW, suggested unionization was a “must” to produce a new SUV platform in Chattanooga — even signed a “neutrality agreement.” The UAW claimed a majority of workers had signed pro-unionization cards, enough to unionize without a secret ballot — if VW consented.

But those eight workers, assisted by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, filed charges alleging the UAW unlawfully forced signatures through “misrepresentations, coercion, threats and promises,” according to National Review Online. And that prompted VW to require the secret ballot that the UAW lost — an outcome that reinforces the necessity of secret unionization ballots and of Congress never passing card-check legislation advocated by Big Labor's Democrat puppets.

Passage of the latter would enable card-check unionization without employer consent — a change that U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, Confused-Upper St. Clair, voted for in 2007 before opposing it in his 2012 re-election campaign. It would allow union pressure to trample workers' right to free choice nationwide — and would have allowed the UAW to trample those eight VW workers who made the difference in Chattanooga.

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