A Primer on the Antiunion Campaign at Volkswagen

Published on truthout, by John Logan, April 14, 2014.

Given the dizzying array of antiunion forces that were involved in the campaign to undermine workers’ choice to form a union at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, a who’s who of who did what in the dirty tricks campaign may come in handy.  

On April 9, the United Auto Workers (UAW) subpoenaed Republican Sen. Bob Corker, Governor Bill Haslam and 18 other state officials to appear at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB hearing into third-party intervention in the union election at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Given the dizzying array of antiunion forces that were involved in the campaign to undermine workers’ choice, it’s easy to lose track of who did what.

The anti-UAW campaign at Volkswagen had everything: a senator deliberately misleading workers; a governor offering Volkswagen hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars – but only if the union lost – senior state politicians openly making threats of financial retribution; Republican staffers secretly coordinating the anti-UAW campaign with notorious union busters; shadowy organizations with links to the nation’s leading right-wing activists; an Ayn Rand-inspired anti-union consultant; and AstroTurf organizations that purported to be groups of rank-and-file workers. And this is only what we know so far.

Here’s a quick primer to the main actors in the campaign to subvert workers’ choice:

… follow 13 examples … //

… The Volkswagen election showed the extraordinary lengths to which Republican lawmakers and antiunion organizations are prepared to go to subvert workers’ right to choose a union. Whatever the eventual outcome at Chattanooga, they must never get away with these dirty tricks again.

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