@LRToday Morning Round-Up: February 28, 2014

Sen. Corker Defends Comments Made During VW Election: Melanie Trottman of the Wall Street Journal writes that yesterday, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) issued a statement defending the comments he made during this month’s union election at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN. Senator Corker further expressed hope that the National Labor Relations Board would not overturn the election results.

As it stands now, the United Auto Workers have protested the results of the election, alleging that Senator Corker’s statements constituted a form of undue interference. The UAW now has until March 7 to provide evidence of its claim. To make matters more complicated, several anti-union employees working at the plant are attempting to intervene in the action because they believe that VW and the UAW are illegally "colluding to force unionization" at the worksite. Please stay tuned to @LRToday for further developments concerning this story.

BART Board Not Keen On Strike-Banning Measure: Michael Cabanatuan of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that last night, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) directors met to discuss whether to place a measure on this November’s ballot that would ban strikes by BART labor unions. Readers may recall last summer’s major labor unrest, which resulted in massive commuter delays and incalculable economic losses. Interestingly, BART’s directors did not seem to have the stomach for the fight, with one member noting that it would seriously damage BART’s "brand." We will keep you posted as this debate moves forward.

UC Reaches Tentative Deal With Campus Service Workers: Larry Gordon of the LA Times reports that the University of California has reached a tentative contract deal with almost 8,300 workers represented by AFSCME Local 3299. The contract, set to run for four years, brings to a close more than a year of contentious negotiations. The agreement grants workers a 4.5% raise as a signing bonus, followed by yearly 3% raises through 2016. We will let you know when the contract has been ratified.