BY SEAN HIGGINS | APRIL 22, 2014
Despite a long history of supporting unions and workplace organizing, liberal nonprofit group Media
Matters for America refused labor organizers when they submitted a petition to represent MMFA’s own workers.
According to a filing with the National Labor Relations Board, the watchdog group had “no reply” when
Service Employees International Union Local 500 submitted its request for recognition on April 9.
In effect, the union asked MMFA to submit to a “Card Check” election to represent its employees and skip a workplace secret ballot election. David Brock, the nonprofit’s founder and chief executive officer, apparently refused.
Local 500 then went to the NLRB to request a workplace election, stating in a sworn declaration that “a substantial number of employees wish to be represented” by the union. The declaration was filed April 10.
The Washington Examiner reported on the situation last week, but at the time, the only information available from the NLRB was that Local 500 had made a filing regarding MMFA. The actual document was obtained by the conservative Center for Union Facts through the Freedom of Information Act and posted online Tuesday. A spokesman for the NLRB confirmed its authenticity.
The document indicates that MMFA was not cooperating with the Local 500’s effort to represent its workers. Jess Levin, spokesperson for MMFA, said in an email that the nonprofit did respond to Local500’s request to represent its workers but did not elaborate on what it said in response.
By Bernie Woodall
Sat Feb 15, 2014
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) - In a stinging defeat that could accelerate the decades-long decline of the United Auto Workers, Volkswagen AG workers voted against union representation at a Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which had been seen as organized labor’s best chance to expand in the U.S. South.
The loss, 712 to 626, capped a sprint finish to a long race and was particularly surprising for UAW supporters, because Volkswagen had allowed the union access to the factory and officially stayed neutral on the vote, while other manufacturers have been hostile to organized labor.
UAW spent more than two years organizing and then called a snap election in an agreement with VW. German union IG Metall worked with the UAW to pressure VW to open its doors to organizers, but anti-union forces dropped a bombshell after the first of three days of voting.
Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker, the former mayor of Chattanooga who helped win the VW plant, said on Wednesday after the first day of voting that VW would expand the factory if the union was rejected.
“Needless to say, I am thrilled,” Corker said in a statement after the results were disclosed.
National Right to Work Foundation President Mark Mix hailed the outcome: “If UAW union officials cannot win when the odds are so stacked in their favor, perhaps they should re-evaluate the product they are selling to workers.”