Mar 6, 2014
The labor movement is uniting behind the UAW as it appeals to the National Labor Relations Board, contesting the failed representation election at Volkswagen's Tennessee plant.
Together we are stronger. And together, we can fight back against the blatant outside interference of Sen. Bob Corker and other Republican politicians in Tennessee who made outrageous, false claims about the UAW in the run up to the election. Corker, who opposed the auto bailout, even went so far as to say a "no" union vote would lead to a Volkswagen expansion in the state – an outright lie. Since union members sit in half of the seats on the Volkswagen board of supervisors, it's certain that Corker wasn't telling the truth.
Collective bargaining is good for workers and good for the economy. UAW President Bob King pointed out this week that collective bargaining and collaboration actually saved nearly 2,400 jobs of Tennesseans and created more than $350 million in investments for workers and communities in Tennessee.
The UAW is working with many domestic manufacturing companies, making sure they are efficient and profitable. In auto and other manufacturing sectors, UAW members have been sharing in the success of their employers through collectively bargained, transparent and rewarding profit sharing plans.
While some politicians have put ideology and their personal interests above those of citizens facing high unemployment and good jobs being shipped overseas, the UAW has helped create more middle-class paying jobs in Tennessee than any other entity.