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Sat Jun 8, 2019, 05:28 AM

Tennessee Republicans rehash old fight against UAW ahead of Volkswagen union vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Top Tennessee Republicans predicting economic harm if workers at Volkswagen's car assembly plant in Chattanooga vote to unionize are following a blueprint that helped GOP officials sink a similar vote five years ago.

Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga voted 712-626 against unionization through the Detroit-based United Auto Workers in 2014, heeding the advice of then-U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, then-Gov. Bill Haslam and other GOP officials who urged a "no" vote.

During that election, Corker waited until voting had actually started at the plant in his hometown when he all but guaranteed that the company would announce within two weeks of a union rejection that it would build a new midsized sport utility vehicle at its only U.S. factory, instead of sending the work to Mexico.

After the loss, a smaller bloc of Chattanooga workers voted for union representation in 2015, but Volkswagen refused to bargain with them unless all hourly workers had a vote. Instead of dragging out the fight over the smaller group, the union has been granted next week's vote for all 1,700 of the plant's hourly workers.

Read more: https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2019/jun/07/republicans-fight-uaw-volkswagen/496231/
(Chattanooga Times Free Press)

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Sat Jun 8, 2019, 11:58 AM

1. I hope they vote to unionize. I say this as someone that is retired with a Defined Benefit Plan

pension. I retired management but without our union workforce we simply would not have had this benefit. Even so our management healthcare benefit was cut for pre-65 employees and not so for my union brothers (they had a contract). Corporations do not give out money out of the goodness of their hearts.

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Sat Jun 8, 2019, 12:51 PM

2. Only when the increased pay passes

will another NAIL go into the GOP vampire of LOW WAGES. Historically low wages guarantees NOTHING> High wages means a better life and better job. RE-THUG cheat, lie, and steal from people with their TERROR, HATE, and FEAR tactics........

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