NLRB Hearing Set for Monday in Chattanooga

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Ashley Henderson
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Updated: 4/18/2014 4:47 pm
CHATANOOGA, TN. (WDEF) - The National Labor Relations Board will begin formal hearings next Monday in Chattanooga.
The purpose is to determine if statements by Tennessee leaders may have affected the outcome of the UAW election at Volkswagen in February---by promising incentives.
You'll recall V-W employees narrowly defeated the union.
Not everyone subpoened to testify at the NLRB hearing will be there Monday. State Senator "Bo" Watson and and House majority leader Gerald McCormick...have been told by the state's law
firm not to bother showing up.
They, along with Governor Bill Haslam and others are moving to quash their subpoenas.
That issue may not be decided until Wednesday.

MAURY NICELY, ATTORNEY, SOUTHERN MOMENTUM "To tell a standing governor of a state or a U-S senator that you're going to be subpoened to testify---is very rare."

Nicely represents the group that led the successful fight against the union.
The primary question is: did state leaders make statements that led to the defeat of the union. Did they make promises of financial assistance to Volkswagen is the union was defeated.

GARY CASTEEL, UAW REGIONAL DIRECTOR ".... it's obvious that the state was threatening ..or at least intimidating Volkswagen to get the incentives."

Last year, the state of Tennessee did offer 300-million dollars in economic incentives to get V-W to expand the plant. It was later withdrawn.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker was also accused of trying to sway the election.

SEN. BOB CORKER, (R) TENNESSEE "I was aware that, you know, that there were some concerns about incentives being on the table while the vote was taking place."

But state officials maintain the incentives were not based on the outcome of the union vote.

The NLRB hearing will attempt to determine if there's reason to scrap the vote and go back to the card-check system it used early on.

MAURY NICELY "The card check is based on a presumption that the union represents the majority of employees. Well, the election showed us that they don't"

Depending on the testimony, the NLRB board could dismiss the complaint, or even order a new union election.

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