WASHINGTON/CHATTANOOGA (Reuters) – In the aftermath of the United Auto Workers’ crushing defeat in a vote to represent workers at Volkswagen’s sole U.S. factory, a key question remains unanswered: did conservative politicians and anti-union groups work together to stymie the union?
In an appeal to the National Labor Relations Board on Friday, the UAW said there was a “coordinated effort” by state politicians, anti-union groups and Tennessee’s U.S. Senator Bob Corker to coerce a no vote in the February 12-14 election.
Feb 21 (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers filed an appeal
with the U.S. government on Friday, asking it to set aside the
results of an election last week where workers at a Tennessee
Volkswagen plant voted not to join the union.
Citing what it called “interference by politicians and
outside special interest groups,” the union said the U.S.
National Labor Relations Board would investigate the election
and decide if there are grounds to scrap it and hold a new one.
(Reuters) – Grover Norquist’s trademark cause is fighting high taxes, but the savvy conservative Republican lobbyist just scored a big win on another front – fighting unions – and he wants more, betting on what he sees as a broad shift in U.S. labor politics.
Fresh from helping to crush a unionization drive at a Volkswagen AG plant in Tennessee, Norquist outlined an anti-union strategy that ties labor to liberals, with the long-term goal of sapping union financial support for Democrats.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Workers at a Tennessee Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) plant were bombarded with strong anti-union messages before and during their vote to reject unionizing last week, but a legal challenge to the outcome over unfair interference would be difficult to mount.
Tennessee U.S. Senator Bob Corker, other Republican politicians in the state, and several anti-union pressure groups from Washington slugged it out with the United Auto Workers in the campaign to win over employees at the Chattanooga plant.
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A challenge by the U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to Wal-Mart Stores Inc’s treatment of striking workers is likely to become a critical symbol of labor unions’ attempts to organize the many non-union workplaces in the United States in the face of stiff resistance from management.
The wider implications of the showdown for Wal-Mart and other American employers that don’t recognize unions are likely to be much more important than any costs the giant retailer may face if it loses the case, labor experts said.
WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Taxation of large U.S.
multinational corporations would be dramatically overhauled by a
raft of proposals unveiled on Tuesday by the U.S. Senate’s top
tax writer, though there is broad skepticism that they could
become law anytime soon.
Democratic Senator Max Baucus issued a “discussion draft”
that called for, among other things, repealing the present tax
code provision that allows U.S. multinationals to park hundreds
of billions of dollars in foreign profits offshore tax-free.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Taxation of large U.S. multinational corporations would be dramatically overhauled by a raft of initial proposals unveiled on Tuesday by the U.S. Senate’s top tax writer, though there is broad skepticism that they could become law anytime soon.
Democratic Senator Max Baucus issued a “discussion draft” that called for, among other things, repealing the present tax code provision that allows U.S. multinationals to park hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign profits offshore tax-free.
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – A court challenge by Texas and Florida bankers threatens to undermine a broad U.S. government crackdown on offshore tax avoidance and jeopardize a web of carefully crafted international agreements, tax lawyers said on Tuesday.
The Texas Bankers Association and the Florida Bankers Association, both industry groups, have filed a lawsuit attempting to block a new U.S. Treasury Department rule governing accounts held by foreigners in U.S. banks.
(Reuters) – PricewaterhouseCoopers said on Wednesday it agreed to buy Booz & Co., ratcheting up an aggressive move by large audit firms back into the lucrative consulting business more than 10 years after U.S. regulators tried to tease apart the two sectors.
PwC PWC.UL, one of the world’s Big Four audit firms, said it will buy corporate consultancy Booz for undisclosed terms. Subject to approval by Booz’s partners, the transaction was the latest in a string of similar acquisitions.
(Reuters) – A divided Senate on Tuesday confirmed a former union lawyer picked by President Barack Obama to be the top prosecutor at the National Labor Relations Board.
With Obama’s Democrats rejecting Republican fears that Richard Griffin would bring an unfair labor bias to the board, the Senate approved him as the NLRB’s general counsel on a mostly party-line vote of 55-44.