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Union darling McAuliffe and his non-union car company

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Part 19 of 74 in the series Terry McAuliffe - Carmogul

NO SIGNS OF LABOR: McAuliffe takes union cash for his campaign, but his auto plant uses non-union workers.

By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org

Virginia’s Democratic candidate for governor Terry McAuliffe often professes his love of organized labor.

During his last run for governor, McAuliffe, Bill and Hillary Clinton’s biggest campaign fundraiser and a former Democratic National Committee chairman, told a 2009 debate audience that he hires union workers even when he’s building businesses in non-union or “right-to-work” states.

“I paid a little bit extra out of my pocket because it was the right thing to do,” he said.

But when McAuliffe was ready to open a factory for his Virginia-based car company, he chose right-to-work Mississippi — and apparently hired non-union workers.

GreenTech Automotive, which employs fewer than 100 workers in its Horn Lake, Miss., plant, is not unionized, the United Auto Workers organizing department told Watchdog. In fact, union officials said they’d never heard of the company.

“It’s not a plant that I recognize,” said Kim, a 22-year veteran in the UAW’s organizing office who refused to give her last name.

While the UAW speaks only for itself, the National Labor Relations Board, the federal entity tasked with enforcing labor rules and overseeing union elections, confirms that neither the UAW nor any other labor organizations have attempted to unionize the Horn Lake plant.

“As far as I know, there’s no union,” said Dave Glissendorf, a compliance offer in the NLRB’s Memphis, Tenn., office, just minutes from the GreenTech facility. “I have no evidence there’s a union there.”

While GreenTech, which builds the two-seat MyCar, an electric vehicle with limited range, could voluntarily recognize a union without the NLRB’s involvement, Glissendorf believes that’s unlikely.

“I’ve only seen one in my 27 years,” he said. “I highly doubt that’s happened.”

Neither McAuliffe nor officials from GreenTech Automotive have responded to requests for comment. McAuliffe’s campaign team also did not respond to a request for comment.

News that GreenTech has so far stiffed organized labor might come as a surprise to unions pouring cash into his Virginia gubernatorial campaign. According to recent filings, organized labor, including the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the powerful Service Employees International Union, among others, has spent more than $560,000 trying to help McAuliffe into the governor’s office.

Labor dumped more than $730,000 into McAuliffe’s failed 2009 gubernatorial run.

GreenTech announced Apr. 5 that McAuliffe had resigned Dec. 1 as company chairman. Skeptics noted that during that same four-month period McAuliffe continued to promote himself as the company’s chairman.

It’s been a rough few days for McAuliffe, who hopes to best Republican Ken Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general, in the contest.

The New York Times wrote five days ago that McAuliffe’s foray into green manufacturing could backfire and doom his campaign. On Monday, The Drudge Report, a conservative news titan, picked up a Watchdog story detailing how GreenTech’s parent company has incorporated in the British Virgin Islands, a move commonly made to avoid income taxes.

On Monday, NBC12 in Richmond, Va., unloaded on McAuliffe for not keeping his job creation-promises to the people of Mississippi.

Contact: Dustin@Watchdog.org or @DustinHurst via Twitter.

Part of 74 in the series Terry McAuliffe - Carmogul
  1. VA: As he runs for governor, McAuliffe wheels and deals electric cars in Mississippi
  2. VA: Media echo Watchdog exclusive on McAuliffe’s electric car maneuvers
  3. No news here: PolitFact brands Terry McAuliffe’s electric-car claim ‘false’
  4. Experts question source of McAuliffe car-company funding
  5. Terry McAuliffe on business ventures: ‘Some work, some don’t’
  6. How McAuliffe’s car company failed the Virginia test, landed in Mississippi
  7. Virginia official wants probe of McAuliffe company ‘visa-for-sale’ program
  8. McAuliffe car company sues Watchdog in libel claim
  9. Barack Obama’s GreenTech connection: Rick Wade
  10. Silence, secrecy, cops follow GreenTech’s China deal
  11. McAuliffe hones China’s crony-capitalism model in U.S.
  12. Promises keep Tunica County afloat
  13. McAuliffe company’s China hook-up: Will it work?
  14. McAuliffe car lags in Domino’s delivery
  15. McAuliffe car co. parent in off-shore tax shelter
  16. Lawmaker gives feds one more week for EB-5 answers
  17. Bolling: McAuliffe’s Mississippi package ‘attractive’
  18. Inside, execs knew McAuliffe plan had ‘substantial risk’
  19. Union darling McAuliffe and his non-union car company
  20. Did Clinton aid the birth of ‘McAuliffe’ car company?
  21. McAuliffe feels heat over GreenTech resignation
  22. TV report: One year later, ‘party is over’ at GreenTech
  23. Months after he said he left company, McAuliffe kept talking GreenTech
  24. Clinton connection: More money for McAuliffe
  25. Terry McAuliffe used loophole to avoid key SEC oversight of his car company
  26. VA officials: McAuliffe green car more politics than biz
  27. McAuliffe car company announces it’s ready to roll — again
  28. Before Watchdog, McAuliffe blamed federal officials for money trouble
  29. McAuliffe gets cash from GreenTech exec, board members
  30. Watchdog report on McAuliffe spurs FOI request to Homeland Security
  31. McAuliffe leaves GreenTech questions hanging at debate
  32. Totally wired: McAuliffe went to Napolitano to expedite company funding
  33. McAuliffe bragged about GreenTech’s cash position while begging feds for faster processing of ‘cash for visas’
  34. Investigation targets Homeland official’s relationship to McAuliffe company
  35. Even before news of federal probe, McAuliffe ducked GreenTech questions
  36. McAuliffe company pressed Homeland official on 81 investor visas
  37. Rodham company sought visa for controversial Chinese exec
  38. Immigration official says he met with McAuliffe to discuss visas for foreign investors
  39. Whiners: Mayorkas says Gulf Coast ‘continues to complain’
  40. VIDEO: Ex-GreenTech employee says little happened at Horn Lake plant
  41. Online ad to Terry McAuliffe: Drop your lawsuit
  42. National security on ‘hold’: Lawmakers press McAuliffe for answers
  43. Citizens United documentary film delves into McAuliffe, GreenTech
  44. VIDEO: Terry McAuliffe’s 15 million-square-foot car plant … in China
  45. Feds call McAuliffe car company’s use of investment program ‘possible fraud’
  46. GreenTech courted Obama’s Solyndra aide
  47. GOP legislators call for McAuliffe to answer GreenTech questions
  48. McAuliffe ‘desperate’ over documentary, Citizens United says
  49. GreenTech weighed Fisker-style federal loan
  50. Group tells Terry: Follow ‘McAuliffe Standard’ on disclosure
  51. Car and Driver races into GreenTech controversy
  52. Congressman: McAuliffe owes Virginians explanation about White House meeting
  53. Feds loosen oversight as McAuliffe car company makes mysterious management change
  54. GreenTech execs use Times and ABC to throw McAuliffe under the (non-electric) bus
  55. Aide in union contribution swap hosts California fund-raiser for McAuliffe
  56. Despite denials, docs show McAuliffe company asked feds to fast-track visa for investor tied to spy list
  57. Former Democrat Party director was on GreenTech payroll
  58. More bad news for McAuliffe car company as GreenTech China venture stalls
  59. Clinton Foundation posts deficits on McAuliffe’s watch
  60. VIDEO: GreenTech record dogs McAuliffe at energy forum
  61. Auto industry expert labels McAuliffe electric car ‘preposterous’
  62. Democratic leaders have their own Bain pain in Mideast private equity deal
  63. Hillary PAC adviser served as GreenTech spokeswoman
  64. New emails add evidence McAuliffe pressed U.S. officials to approve GreenTech funding
  65. After endorsement, Post shrinks facts to cover Terry McAuliffe
  66. Ties that bind: Following the McAuliffe-Clinton money trail
  67. McAuliffe tilts at windmills; Chinese venture goes bust
  68. Federal investigations cast shadow over McAuliffe on Election Day
  69. DHS inspector over GreenTech-McAuliffe case is under investigation
  70. McAuliffe names former GreenTech employee secretary of commonwealth
  71. McAuliffe lawyers, accountants sort GreenTech stock amid federal investigations
  72. Nuking filibusters, Dems clear way for Mayorkas at Homeland Security
  73. U.S. judge hands Watchdog a victory over VA governor’s green-car company
  74. Attorney: McAuliffe is ‘100 percent divested’ of GreenTech

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Dustin is the Social Media Coordinator for Watchdog.org and a staff writer for Northwest Watchdog. He specializes in finding government waste, reporting on elections and innovating new media strategies.

  • holymollie

    oh what a tangle web we weave…

  • Winghunter

    “A former Democratic Party official who a decade ago described in a federal criminal trial an illicit fundraising swap he said Terry McAuliffe tried to arrange with the Teamsters Union is now raising money for McAuliffe’s campaign…”
    http://www.wtop.com/213/1673183/Official-who-gave-troubling-testimony-on-McAuliffe-now-fundraising-for-him

  • not barefoot or prego

    so what do you want, Ken to take over Virginia and all women will have invasive ultra-sounds, all schools will teach nothing and global warning is a myth?

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