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Why the Tennessee Volkswagen
Workers Voted Against the UAW

PJ Media, by Ron Radosh

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Posted By:Judy W., 2/15/2014 4:06:11 PM

“The United Auto Workers union suffered a crushing defeat Friday, to organizing workers at Volkswagen AG ’s plant in Chattanooga,Tenn.,” The Wall Street Journal reported. “The setback is a bitter defeat because the union had the cooperation of Volkswagen management and the aid of Germany’s powerful IG Metall union, yet it failed to win a majority among the plants 1,550 hourly workers.” One cannot emphasize the magnitude of this loss. What it clearly spells out is the irrelevance of the old industrial unions in today’s world. They have become nothing less than reactionary institutions . It is no longer the heyday

Now here´s a writer who knows something about union history. As he says, this is a very big deal.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Grampstosix, 2/15/2014 4:17:57 PM     (No. 9733992)

This is a big blow to the unions because it underscores their ongoing loss of influence but it is also a blow to Obama who has been championing union causes. I hope the trend continues. Now about those public sector unions...especially the teachers unions.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: chumley, 2/15/2014 4:22:44 PM     (No. 9733997)

Dont fret. You still have Detroit.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: JAN, 2/15/2014 4:22:51 PM     (No. 9733998)

Boeing in WA and now VW in TN.

There is some semblance of sanity in the American workforce.

They want to earn a living, not live off welfare.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: oh-heck, 2/15/2014 4:39:33 PM     (No. 9734010)

Their counterparts in the UAW are making 15.50 while they make 19.50 and hour. The reason those in Detroit make less is that some must less to allow the legacy union members to make 23.50.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 2/15/2014 5:32:21 PM     (No. 9734064)

I think the author made a very good point: that the workers know the unions are the major funders of democratic political candidates and policies. They didn´t want their money, as union dues, to go for those causes.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 2/15/2014 5:37:01 PM     (No. 9734068)

I´m guessing they would not have put forward the unionization vote if they didn´t expect to win. So having lost, it´s a double-whammy.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: provide, 2/15/2014 6:46:03 PM     (No. 9734105)

In 10 years the Detroit contracts will only apply to new workers who are 2nd or 3rd tier. Low benefits and wages.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 2/15/2014 8:56:53 PM     (No. 9734187)

This will increase the pressure for card check. If they can´t win an election, they´ll send out their thugs to get the cards signed.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: PAdiva, 2/15/2014 8:58:33 PM     (No. 9734188)

Thank you TN!!!
Remember, folks, these kind people in TN did NOT support their homeboy, Algore, enough for him to win TN in 2000.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: BruisedOrange, 2/16/2014 7:18:22 AM     (No. 9734412)

I´ve met over a hundred of these workers, and many--maybe 30%--moved to Chattanooga with resumes from the auto industry up North.

The unaddressed question is, among those with previous experience in a UAW environment, how many voted with the 626... and how many voted with the 712?

How much of the712 was culture clash, and how much was once-burned?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: patpgmr, 2/16/2014 7:50:39 AM     (No. 9734443)

#2, they really don´t "still have Detroit". Michigan is now a right to work state. No more closed shops.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: uno, 2/16/2014 8:09:37 AM     (No. 9734456)

To mark the event Volkswagen should re-badge a Passat to the VW712 and then make a sport version called the GTFO.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: BruisedOrange, 2/16/2014 8:14:21 AM     (No. 9734462)

#11, maybe #2 is thinking of Bogart´s line to Bergman in Casablanca...

"We´ll always have Paris." [as a shared memory]

But if that´s the comparison, maybe the better Paris=Detroit line from Casablanca would be when Bergman pleads with Bogart, "We loved each other once. If those days meant anything at all to you..."

And Bogie replies, "I wouldn´t bring up Paris If I were you. It´s poor salesmanship."

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 2/16/2014 8:20:45 AM     (No. 9734469)


So, by extension, what does this vote make Obie Won who got re-elected with big help from the unions? So if the unions are truly dying, why does no one stand up to Obie Won and send him home, wherever home is?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: rustycfc, 2/16/2014 8:35:22 AM     (No. 9734491)

unions are the job loss in the usa. maybe we will see more labels- made in the usa. instead made in china.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: chicodon, 2/16/2014 9:19:42 AM     (No. 9734550)

That´s why the big money is in public unions.

Unions saved workers from poor pay, long hours and dangerous working conditions. That was a long time ago. Like in J.D. Rockefeller´s day. Google: Ludlow massacre

Most of today´s unions are a fund raising arm of the Democrat party. In return they receive favors such as the bailout of their pension funds in the stimulus. Unions have outlived their usefulness to all but the Democrat party (coal miner´s unions could be an exception).

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Reply 17 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/16/2014 9:36:22 AM     (No. 9734575)

Unions are nothing but Thuggery made legal.

It is way past time to eliminate ALL of them, the workers are protected by numerous laws and no one needs to keep fat cat union bosses living large just so they can steal from the workers.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Arby, 2/16/2014 9:51:20 AM     (No. 9734596)

A (left-leaning) professor at a unionized public university told me that all that the union does is partner with the state to fatten itself at the expense of the union members. Maybe the truth is sinking in?

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Reply 19 - Posted by: BigCreek, 2/16/2014 10:21:19 AM     (No. 9734632)

In the words of Charlie Daniels, " Ain´t it good to be alive and be in Tennessee!"

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Reply 20 - Posted by: peterfleming, 2/16/2014 10:45:01 AM     (No. 9734656)

We enjoy the heroes of recovering voluntary choice, Scott Walker, and now Volkswagon. This freeing up the economy, tearing apart our desperate Democratic Party and it´s no choice past, is the beginning of America´s recovery. While we fight off Obama´s Communist attempts at medical hell, we know the truth will defeat the lies of this ruinous repeat of a Leninist commune.

Ron Radosh, heroic author of COMMIES and more recently, RED STAR OVER HOLLYWOOD, is a brilliantly
qualified journalist to clarify the issues of freedom of choice. Unlike most of Hollywood´s myth prevaricators,,
Radosh told the shocking truth of Hollywood´s Stalinist Communist Party members who falsely portrayed themselves as victims, martyrs, of Washington´s investigative HUAC hearings.

Great to see the name of truth seeker Radosh covering this new Volkswagon/Tennessee moment in America´s recovery from tearing, communist dominated unionism.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: RancherJack, 2/16/2014 10:55:14 AM     (No. 9734670)

Executive Order On The Way "I declare this VW Plant Unionized!" Obama said with pen and telephone.

Think I´m kidding?

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Reply 22 - Posted by: namvet66, 2/16/2014 12:29:54 PM     (No. 9734777)

I worked at the Nissan assembly plant in Smyrna, TN for almost 20 years. The UAW, to my recollection, tried to organize the plant twice. It failed big time both times. I was a multi-skilled maintenance tech working on the equipment the production techs used to assemble the vehicles. When I retired, I was making over $25 per hour. That was over ten years ago. I have no idea what the maintenance are making now.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Butch59, 2/16/2014 2:12:42 PM     (No. 9734893)

Southerners, historically, do not really like unions. Back when the textile industry was strong in the south, there were many attempts to "organize" the workers in unions. They mostly failed. And workers who supported unionizing were blacklisted and could not find a job in the industry. And that sentiment is still with southerners. And who would want to pay union dues when you are making more money than most jobs in your area pay? And the working conditions are good? Yes, there was a time when industry owners operated virtual slave shops, but those time are long gone. This country has passed laws and set up conditions that what happend a century ago can not happed again. The days of unionization are gone.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: dman, 2/16/2014 2:20:32 PM     (No. 9734903)

Labor unions, like the "big tent" political parties, are simply no longer what they were originally intended to be.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 2/16/2014 3:41:37 PM     (No. 9734984)

There is no social or work needs for unions in this country. We need to dismantle public service unions, the commies last bastion of unrestrained campaign financing. The socialists hate the Citizens United case because it gave conservative groups the power to counter the union dues financing of Dim politicians.

I was a bureaucrat and had to pay $650 a year in my "fair share" to the SEIU for the "right" to have a government job. I would call the union periodically to complain about their political donations just to be thorn in their side. The SEIU corruption makes Jimmy Hoffa look like an amateur.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: strike3, 2/16/2014 5:46:31 PM     (No. 9735089)

I like that #12.

Why do a large percentage of union presidents have Italian surnames?

Not an ethnic slur. I am half Sicilian and realize that the mob is deeply involved to this day in this huge source of unearned income. Not to mention politicians who are for sale in influencing business law.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 2/16/2014 8:10:21 PM     (No. 9735178)

Unions are essentially "outsiders" now. It´s not like there was a big push inside the VW plant to organize.

What ends up happening is that the union leadership finds an employee or two to use to try to shoehorn their way in. They try to convince the rank and file that the employer is really the "enemy."

What it´s really all about is the union fatcats trying to lure a bunch more suckers into paying for their lavish lifestyles with union dues.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Prescient33, 2/16/2014 10:02:51 PM     (No. 9735235)

Don’t count the UAW out, they have the NLRB in their pocket. They have about a week from the date of the election to file “Objections” with Obama’s NLRB, which will probably sustain them, and either require a second election, or demand that VW bargain with it on the basis of cards signed before the election. The UAW will probably allege that the threats and conduct of TN’s politicians, from Senator Corker on down, as well as other community leaders, “interfered with, restrained and coerced” the voters by their threats of reprisals in stifling expansion plans, etc. Don’t count on VW fighting hard, they are under the gun from their unions on the Board in Germany.
Don’t scoff at this post-there is plenty of precedent from the 50’s when the textile unions “Operation Dixie” ran up against town fathers trying to organize the textile mills in the South, and the NLRB often ruled for the unions.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Mr Smart, 2/16/2014 11:57:20 PM     (No. 9735321)

If it is true VW wanted the union then it
for sure was not good for the workers.
They have good jobs why should they have
to pay a union that would be less money
for the workers. That money has to come from
someplace. Why did VW want a union that
is something important and should be looked

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With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,

Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery
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Star-Telegram [Fort Worth TX], by Anna M. Tinsley    Original Article
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FORT WORTH — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis will undergo neck surgery today, her campaign said Tuesday. “After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Sen. Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck,” campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas said in a statement Tuesday. “This is a common issue experienced by runners and endurance athletes,” he said. Davis, of Fort Worth, will undergo the outpatient surgery at the Fort Worth Brain and Spine Institute. Dr. Thomas Ellis will perform the

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