UAW Campaigning Again to Unionize Tenn. VW Plant

Despite agreement to wait one year following defeat, unionization campaign appears to be underway

The UAW began campaigning to unionize a Chattanooga Volkswagen plant just five months after suffering a devastating defeat, according to a union critic who works at the plant.

The UAW announced the formation of a local voluntary union on Thursday, despite the fact that it agreed not to engage in any organization activity for at least one year after its defeat.

UAW Continues Unionization Efforts at Volkswagen Plant in Tennessee

Union had agreed to cease organization efforts for one year
Workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the VW plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. / AP

The UAW broke its pledge to cease organizing activity at the Chattanooga auto plant that rejected unionization, announcing on Thursday afternoon that it would form a voluntary union for factory workers.

Workers at the Tennessee Volkswagen plant rejected the labor giant’s bid to form the first auto union in the right to work state in February. The union signed a neutrality agreement with the German auto manufacturer that gave organizers an advantage during its campaign.

Pennsylvania School Bus Drivers Cut Ties with Local Union

Union to lose out on dues from drivers employed by district
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School bus drivers in Pennsylvania may have dealt a deep financial blow to a local union after voting overwhelmingly to cut ties.

Nearly 90 percent of drivers from the Gateway School District voted to withdraw from Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1729 in a June 27 secret ballot election. The vote means that the union will lose out on dues money from the 105 drivers employed by the district.

Industry Critics: UC Berkeley Playing Host to Union-Funded Activist Research

Food Labor Research Center funded by union-backed groups to produce pro-labor studies, according to critics
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A coalition of foundations and union front groups is funding an academic post at the University of California at Berkeley for a prominent labor activist, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Saru Jayaraman, executive director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), a worker center that aims to organize food service employees, founded Berkeley’s Food Labor Research Center in 2012.

Protestors: Comcast Not Paying Its ‘Fair Share’

Democrat-linked company hit with protests for its low tax payments

Pennsylvania protestors are taking aim at one of President Barack Obama’s largest corporate supporters for not paying a “fair share” of taxes.

On Sunday, a dozen protestors showed up outside the state capital building in Harrisburg, accusing Comcast and a slew of other major companies of failing to pay enough taxes. The demonstrators chanted “pay your fair share,” in reference to the multi-billion dollar companies tax rate in the state.

‘Harris’ Ruling Could Cost AFSCME, SEIU Tens of Millions

SCOTUS struck down law requiring home health care workers to give money to unions
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The Supreme Court ruling that struck down coercive union membership among Illinois home health workers could cost unions tens of millions of dollars, according to labor observers.

Court Rules Against Public Sector Unions in Quinn v. Harris

SCOTUS rules unions cannot collect dues from family members caring for sick relatives
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The Supreme Court ruled Monday in Harris v. Quinn that politicians can no longer force family members caring for disabled relatives into public sector unions.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court found the state of Illinois violated the constitution when imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich agreed to funnel a portion of home healthcare worker checks to political allies SEIU and AFSCME. The unions collected more than $50 million from about 20,000 such people over a five-year period.

Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Against Obama Recess Appointments

The Senate, not the president, decides when the Senate is in recess
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The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that President Obama violated the constitution when he made recess appointments while the Senate was still in session.

The case centered on the tactics Obama used to fill three vacancies in the National Labor Relations Board, a federal labor arbiter.