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Tennessee's Governor (Bill Haslam) and Senator Bob Corker, along with 22 other state and local officials have been served subpoena's for their inteference in the unionizing vote at VW plant in Chattanooga, TN per today's (4/10/14) Times Free-Press.  

As everyone knows by now, in the last days before the unsuccessful "do-over" vote (after a majority of workers voted to unionize via card-check), Senator Corker interfered by telling workers that if they voted "no" on the union that VW would expand the plant by bringing a new line of cars to the plant.  Senator Corker offered zero proof of his claim and VW said he was wrong.    It was a desperate, underhanded, last minute interference by Senator Corker to sway the vote.  Unfortunately it worked.

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Now we also know that state officials issued incentives to VW to expand in Tennessee with a huge caveat - that the union be kept out of the Chattanooga plant.  

As everyone knows, the UAW has appealed to the NLRB over their political interference in the "do-over" vote, which never should have happened in the first place.  And there's still a chance that VW will recognize the original vote by the employees (via card-check) to affiliate with UAW.

Now, with Governor Haslam and Senator Corker and the 22 other officials getting subpoenaed, the NLRB hearing just got way more interesting.  The evidence supporting the UAW's request to throw out the vote due to unfair political interference just got a huge shot in the arm.    

Here's hoping the NLRB will do the right thing and set aside the vote.

Originally posted to voices carry on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 08:36 PM PDT.

Also republished by Nashville KosKats, Three Star Kossacks, and In Support of Labor and Unions.

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