The Pardu

The Pardu
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Volkswagen Speaks Out On Union Vote

Senator Corker (R) TN.
On February 13th, Tennessee Senator Corker took his anti-union stance to a Chattanooga Volkswagen Assembly plant. Corker was equipped with an "understood" anti-union mission from American industrialist (who will go unnamed for now), wearing the common GOP union-busting paradigm and armed with a complete lie; not uncommon for GOP functionaries.

Yahoo News reported the following statement from Corker as he made the rounds at the plant. 

According to Bob Woodall of Yahoo News...
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday he has been "assured" that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build. 
Corker's bombshell, which runs counter to public statements by Volkswagen, was dropped on the first of a three-day secret ballot election of blue-collar workers at the Chattanooga plant whether to allow the UAW to represent them.
Corker's Statement
"I've had conversations today and based on those am assured that should the workers vote against the UAW, Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new mid-size SUV here in Chattanooga," said Corker, without saying with whom he had the conversations.

Read more as a National Labor Relations expert comments about the fallacy of Corker's misinformation (lies) and expert option that Corker's ill-advised intervention would lead to setting the vote aside. Thus, setting the stage for another vote. 

Corker may have earned an "Honors Badge" (and we hope no more) for uber wealthy industrialists who seem to have their hands and money in every fabric of our lives. The unnamed brothers and their cabal of uber wealthy activist seem extraordinarily active where there exist any prospect of democratic (small "d") principles.

I have posted a Bill Moyers and Company piece below. The piece includes direct comment from a Volkswagen executive about the companies actual position on collective bargaining. A position that is diametrically opposite that of American industrialist and conservative America.

First, we offer a news segment.

The Vote (Bloomberg

By a vote of 712-626, workers at the Volkswagen AG plant said no to the UAW despite Volkswagen's tacit support for the union campaign.
Next let's see how Fox News rushes to assist the disingenuous and lying Corker.

Bill Hemmer, Fox News, interviewed the misguided and misleading Senator. Remember, you are going to view a segment broadcast earlier today. The broadcast aired after a Volkswagen executive went public with warnings for Tennessee workers about voting against collective bargaining

When will Americans see the GOP for what it is: a tool of American industrialist who would rather not have collective bargaining units in their operations?


VW Workers May Block Future Expansion in the South (via Moyers & Company)
American workers tend to take undemocratic workplaces for granted, believing that’s just the way the capitalist world works. But to varying degrees, working people in other developed countries enjoy far more say over how their companies operate. In…

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