Matt Patterson, executive director for the Center for Worker Freedom authored an op-ed in the Chattanooga Times Free Press detailing the United Auto Workers leadership targeting Volkswagen workers who voted against UAW unionization last February.

So you have a German labor leader threatening VW workers in America. And Patta will have help: new UAW chief Dennis Williams, who was elected in a landslide on June 4 to replace outgoing president Bob King.

Williams is a former Marine and welder. He is also a bare-knuckle union brawler who led a successful organizing drive against Mitsubishi in the 1980s and who led a polarizing strike against Caterpillar in the 1990s that cost the union an estimated $300 million.

Williams has another distinguishing factor on his resume- closeness with President Barack Obama. Williams endorsed Obama in 2007 and helped organize Obama’s campaign in Iowa in 2008. Of his relationship with Obama nowadays, Williams says, “We don’t talk every day. But I consider the president to be a friend.” 

An article by Julian Hattem of The Hill highlighted a letter written by Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist, and federal affairs manager, Katie McAuliffe in support of the Email Privacy Act.

Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist and Katie McAuliffe, executive director of the organization’s Digital Liberty project, want members of Congress to back the Email Privacy Act as support gains momentum this week.

“The Email Privacy Act will overcome the 218 member threshold this week,” they wrote in a letter expected to be sent on Monday. “We encourage you to join fellow Representatives in co-sponsorship, if you have not done so already. Further, we encourage leadership to bring this bill to the floor for a recorded vote.”

“Our Representatives should be on record and accountable to their constituencies, regarding support for the Fourth Amendment to the American Constitution,” they added.