#1 Volkswagen workers reject United Auto Workers by Cincinnatus 15.02.2014 02:03

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Perhaps there is hope for this country yet.

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Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn., have rejected the United Auto Workers, shooting down the union’s hopes of securing a foothold at a foreign-owned auto plant in the South.

The vote was 712 to 626, said the UAW, which blamed the loss on “politicians and outside special interest groups.”

The vote, announced late Friday night after three days of balloting, is a devastating loss for the UAW, whose membership has plummeted from a high of 1.5 million in 1979 to around 400,000 today. Outgoing UAW President Bob King had staked his legacy on organizing a Southern auto plant for the first time.



http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/vo...3556.html?hp=bn

#2 RE: Volkswagen workers reject United Auto Workers by Rufus T Firefly 15.02.2014 10:47

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Coming soon - to a propaganda outlet (aka TV set) near you - a lighthearted ad paid for by the UAW/DNC featuring this jocular character:

#3 RE: Volkswagen workers reject United Auto Workers by Frank Cannon 15.02.2014 12:42

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What is interesting is that VW corporate was in favor of this happening. They OK'ed the UAW going into the plant and pushing for this. Germany LOVES unions and the whole country is loaded with them. Hell. The German Constitution has "Work Councils" placed in every place that manufactures anything.

I suspect that VW DE is as disappointed by this as the UAW is.

#4 RE: Volkswagen workers reject United Auto Workers by Rufus T Firefly 15.02.2014 12:49

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Quote: Frank Cannon wrote in post #3
What is interesting is that VW corporate was in favor of this happening. They OK'ed the UAW going into the plant and pushing for this. Germany LOVES unions and the whole country is loaded with them. Hell. The German Constitution has "Work Councils" placed in every place that manufactures anything.

I suspect that VW DE is as disappointed by this as the UAW is.


Thanks - I wasn't aware of that slant. Maybe what I posted above won't actually happen then.

It won't be Volkswagen (Corp) that will have to be punished by the PTB - it will be the state of Tennessee. For having the audacity to believe in state's rights and right-to-work laws.

Those bastards!

#5 RE: Volkswagen workers reject United Auto Workers by Frank Cannon 15.02.2014 13:16

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Some more context on why VW AG was supportive of the UAW making a play for their TN plant.....

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The powerful IG Metall union that represents Volkswagen's German workers is six times the size of the UAW, with 2.26 million members. IG Metall's outsized influence - labor representatives hold half the 20 seats on VW's supervisory board - could give the UAW its best chance yet to organize autoworkers at a foreign-owned plant in the South.



http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/2...E98O1C120130925

The damn unions control HALF of Volkswagen over there.

#6 RE: Volkswagen workers reject United Auto Workers by Cincinnatus 15.02.2014 16:44

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The German Constitution has "Work Councils" placed in every place that manufactures anything.

Which sounds very much like the "soviets" which the Bolsheviks established prior to their 1917 coup d'état.

Its political usage began during the Revolution of 1905 when it was applied to the councils of deputies elected by workers in factories throughout Russia...the Bolsheviks' call for "All Power to the Soviets" may well have been their most successful slogan.

Gale Encyclopedia of Russian History: Soviet

Incidentally, want to know how the reliably Left AP is playing this?

UAW drive falls short amid culture clash in Tenn.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The failure of the United Auto Workers to unionize employees at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee underscores a cultural disconnect between a labor-friendly German company and anti-union sentiment in the South...

Workers voting against the union said while they remain open to the creation of a German-style "works council" at the plant, they were unwilling to risk the future of the Volkswagen factory that opened to great fanfare on the site of a former Army ammunition plant in 2011.

"Come on, this is Chattanooga, Tennessee," said worker Mike Jarvis, who was among the group in the plant that organized to fight the UAW. "It's the greatest thing that's ever happened to us."


http://www.charter.net/news/read/article...ulture_clash-ap

Yeah, it's not because the workers in TN recognize that the joining the UAW would not be in their best interests but because they are a bunch of dimwitted crackers.

#7 RE: Volkswagen workers reject United Auto Workers by ThirstyMan 15.02.2014 19:21

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"Workers like their job and don't feel like they need an advocate like the UAW"

sounds pretty believable to me.

#8 RE: Volkswagen workers reject United Auto Workers by Sanguine 16.02.2014 22:05

Quote: Frank Cannon wrote in post #3
What is interesting is that VW corporate was in favor of this happening. They OK'ed the UAW going into the plant and pushing for this. Germany LOVES unions and the whole country is loaded with them. Hell. The German Constitution has "Work Councils" placed in every place that manufactures anything.

I suspect that VW DE is as disappointed by this as the UAW is.


I heard a quote from the CEO and wondered why he sounded disappointed. That explains it.

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