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The New Madison

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'Chattanooga is the new Madison, Wisconsin.  All of us must realize that this kind of pressure from elected officials is unprecedented from the time the right to organize was adopted in 1935.  The National Labor Relations Act states that the purpose of the law is to "promote collective bargaining."

'Now, all of us in CWA must use our free speech rights and other rights to answer back.  We cannot sit back and let Corker and his right wing cronies have the last word.  The great German union I G Metall understood, in supporting organizing rights in Chattanooga, that we all have an obligation to do so.  Organizing is a human and civil right in virtually every global democracy except the US.  We applaud I G Metall as well as the neutrality of VW management.  It is a sad day in our history that these politicians were able to interfere with workers’ basic rights. Now we must call on all of our allies to Stand Up and Fight Back.'

Statement from Communications Workers
of America (CWA) on UAW election at VW