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Mon Feb 10, 2014, 02:45 PM

State incentives for Volkswagen may depend on UAW vote, legislators say

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

A state senator said today that future financial incentives for expanding Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant may hinge on how workers vote this week on whether to accept the United Auto Workers.

Should workers vote for UAW representation, “I believe any additional incentives from the citizens of the state of Tennessee for expansion or otherwise will have a very tough time passing the Tennessee senate,” said State Sen. Bo Watson, R-Chattanooga.

Also, state Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, urged VW workers to vote “no” on the UAW.

“The taxpapers of Tennessee reached out to Volkswagen and welcome them to our state and our community. We are glad they are here. But that is not a green light to help force a union into the workplace. That was not part of the deal,” the House majority leader said at a press conference.

Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2014/feb/10/state-incentives-volkswagen-may-hinge-uaw-vote-leg/



The world freaks me out sometimes. VW wants the UAW to come in so the plant can have a works council like all other VW plants do. But the right wing is freaking out hard. I guess they forget that the GM (former Saturn) plant in Springhill is a UAW shop. They must be worried about their nissan buddies. I can't help but wonder what the Germans think about this.

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d_r Feb 2014 OP
dembotoz Feb 2014 #1
upaloopa Feb 2014 #2
dbackjon Feb 2014 #3
awoke_in_2003 Feb 2014 #5
madrchsod Feb 2014 #4
Bandit Feb 2014 #6
vkkv Feb 2014 #7
Swede Atlanta Feb 2014 #8
Octafish Feb 2014 #9

Response to d_r (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2014, 02:50 PM

1. i would imagine the feel it is just the bullshit that they have to deal with when setting up a plant

in a 3rd world country

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Response to d_r (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2014, 02:53 PM

2. The workers are tax payers.

Speak for yourself rep.

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Response to d_r (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2014, 02:56 PM

3. I imagine VW is regretting building in Tennessee

 

Tennessee is being taken over by idiots.

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Response to dbackjon (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 10, 2014, 03:00 PM

5. They should consider Cleveland...

 

They can use it, and have a long history with auto building. Same with Detroit.

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Response to d_r (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2014, 02:58 PM

4. they got what they paid for...

vw liked those incentives that tennessee gave them.now they are starting to realize that maybe it was`t a very good bargain.

like i said before vw should have noticed tennessee is a right to work state. the union would`t be worth a shit if 50% refuses to pay dues.

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Mon Feb 10, 2014, 03:44 PM

6. Threatening to withhold the people's money if they don't do the GOP's wishes

That appears to be the Republican MO. It is what is getting the Christie Administration into some heat and also the Governor of Alaska is in a similar prediciament. He told a southeast community of Ketchikan that as long as they continuied the lawsuit against the state any monies requested would be heavily scrutinized.. Thinly veiled threat just as this one from Tennessee.

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Mon Feb 10, 2014, 03:53 PM

7. I know there are some smart, liberal Southerners, but as a Californian..

 


I think most Southerners are blind, sky-fairy fearing, idiots and biggots.

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Response to d_r (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2014, 05:53 PM

8. Yes because.....

 

giving workers the ability to collectively bargain for wages and benefits is somehow so, well, "un-American".

Unions are the ONLY things that give employees any leverage with employers. Unions are what gave us the 8-hour workday, the 5 day workweek, overtime, vacation time, sick pay, pensions, safer working conditions, etc.

I'll bet Gerald McCormick has not worked anything over 40 hours a week in his entire life. We know that R legislators mostly like to go on vacation.

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Response to d_r (Original post)

Mon Feb 10, 2014, 05:56 PM

9. What ''deal''?

The GOP wheeler-dealers like to give away the taxpayer's store to attract a business, but will do all they can to obstruct a unionized workforce which is what builds a middle class.

Something is wrong with that deal.

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