published Friday, February 14th, 2014

Anti-union side will win and other letters to the editors

Anti-union side will win

The vote this week on whether to unionize the VW plant brings to mind these thoughts: 1) If the UAW is voted in, the people affected won't see much change in their workplace. Everything must be negotiated as they move forward. 2) The only tool the UAW has to back up labor demands is the threat of a strike. 3) If VW workers vote to unionize, the sky won't fall but county and state officials will surely be ticked off. 4) Should the UAW win, the union will be under a microscope. I suspect any labor unrest or negative publicity will torpedo their chances at organizing other plants. While I have no favorite, I expect the anti-union side will prevail.

JACKSON TOUBERT, Signal Mountain

Workers, think job security

Volkswagen employees need to think about one irrefutable fact. The basic reason you now have jobs at VW in Chattanooga is because the UAW's failed policies financially destroyed other car manufacturers and drove them out of Detroit. Don't be duped by UAW's deception. Think job security -- long-term!


Union has many benefits

VW-Chattanooga should be unionized, and its workers should be able to have a say in trying to provide for their families and at the same time make a profitable gain for the company that they work with. I would encourage union membership through bargaining and negotiation; you will get better working conditions, pay and benefits. Any nonunion workers think it's a given that the company will take care of them, but they don't realize that it's the bargaining and negotiations that the union has done with the company that has gotten them better working conditions, pay and benefits that all employees nonunion as well as union members enjoy. Remember, these things are not given to you, and they are not a right, but these things will be bargained and negotiated for by your union members. I encourage you to become unionized and have the employee-employer relationship in an industrial society that makes America function properly as far as making a living in America.


Stay out of VW's business

Opponents of giving workers power have launched a huge fight against VW's desire to organize its employees. It's ironic that politicians who complain of government interference are so intent on meddling in VW's business decisions. Claude Ramsey and his cronies are happy to interfere with VW in order to keep a boot on necks of working folk. We can only hope that meddling backfires, with a resounding vote for the union.


Workers, look at VW history

We assume, VW employees, that you have never been told what happened when a union was voted in at the VW plant in Pennsylvania. What happened? VW, shortly after the union was voted in, closed down the plant and moved the production facilities back to Germany. That is not what you want for our Chattanooga VW plant, is it? Also, VW is still considering where to locate its newest facilities, either in Chattanooga, or in Mexico. Is it just coincidental that they have not announced that decision prior to the Chattanooga union vote? That decision may well be heavily dependent upon that union vote! For the benefit of the VW workers, Chattanooga, and Tennessee, why not do the common-sense thing and instead of voting a union in, work cooperatively and constructively, along with VW, our legislators and our governor, to pass into law legislation to allow a "works council" to be established, in the absence of a union, at our Chattanooga VW plant, and then work cooperatively together with VW for overall mutual betterment, instead of the almost continual "Me vs. You" attitude that envelops most manufacturing facilities when unions are involved?


Outside interests and Volkswagen

Being in two unions in my 38-year career in aviation, I find it refreshing to see Volkswagen seeking out labor to be represented to help run a successful factory operation. If I worked at VW and saw how much outside interference and influence is being promoted by business organizations whom I have never heard of, and after this election, never will, I would question their intentions. It seems that these business groups want to tell the workers how to vote. What's it in for them? Are they afraid of having to pay their own workers a decent salary to the point they no longer qualify for food stamps, offer benefits generous enough to make Obamacare irrelevant, and give workers back the buying power that has been taken from them this past 20 years? Are businesses worried that they will have to share in their record profits if workers organize and get what historically is their fair share, which they are not getting today? If this be true, there is more riding on this election than the unionization of Volkswagen. Given the plight of the middle class, those who exploit them have a right to be afraid.


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The UAW is a greedy corporation. Top heavy with fat ass cats who are owned by the Democrat Party. Not needed at all. See yaaaa!

February 14, 2014 at 12:28 a.m.
soakya said...

The reason VW closed up shop before was because they couldn't sell cars. The same will happen to the Passet. They are so desperate they think they can sell a VW truck in America. Does anyone believe for a moment Toyota, Ford, and Chevy truck owners are going to switch to VW junk.

February 14, 2014 at 7:49 a.m.
GaussianInteger said...

Soakya, guys like you said the same thing about Toyota and Nissan trucks when they pushed their way into the US market.

February 14, 2014 at 3:08 p.m.
Plato said...

The question is not rather or not the UAW represents the workers but rather, what kind of relationship the workers will have with management if UAW does become part of VW Chattanooga.

Germany is the world model for employee/employer relationships. The worker's council takes part in decision making at the highest levels. It's like one big cooperative working for a common good. That relationship has helped make VW a world class company and industry leader.

So will the UAW take an adversarial attitude towards the company as was the case during the 60s, 70s and 80s when the American auto industry went into the tank, or will they take a more modern approach leaning from the German counterparts?

Only time will tell, but if I were a VW employee before I voted I would be asking a lot of questions.

February 14, 2014 at 7:44 p.m.
schizka said...

Plato, Unions took on an adversarial approach to companies because companies were adversarial to their employees. Workers trying to form Unions were sometimes beaten and even murdered by thugs companies hired. Remember the story of Karen Silkwood? I Chemical Technician and Union activist? I don't recall if it was ever determined for a certainty that car crash she died in while on her way to meet with a Union rep was related to her attempts to form a union at the company she worked, but her death was quite suspicious. Not to mention others similar strane incidents.

February 14, 2014 at 8:10 p.m.
Plato said...

schizka - the history of unions has been like a pendulum. At first the companies had all the power and abuses like you are talking about took place, then over time it reached something close to equilibrium but into the late 60s - early 80s the pendulum swung too far in favor of the unions in particular the auto and steel industries. Union greed lead to the demise of these industries. It's now swung back towards equilibrium again. But my point is not how weak or powerful unions are but rather the approach they take towards representing their members. They can be a positive force or a negative one.

February 15, 2014 at 10:27 a.m.
soakya said...

Now the politicians and the chamber will not be able to blame the failure of the VW experience on the union.

February 15, 2014 at 1:12 p.m.
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