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JohnBravo said...

The people who want the Union are those who also want something for nothing. # people went to there first interview with VW and were called back for there 2nd. All 3 declined as the work was to hard and demanding for them. Why. They do not have the work ethic that these companies need. Employees are more incompetent then ever before. Lets talk n phone all day, take breaks whenever we want. Work is not a place to play and get paid. It is a place to give an honest days work for an honest days pay. We need to hire only those who really want to work and if they don't fire them immeadiately. In 35 years I have rarely ever taken a sick day. I can not afford to. I own and run the company and must make decisions and always find new work for my employees. Would they like it if I took time off and then there was no more work for them. If I had to let them go I would have a hard decision to make. I think I would do like some others and find the parking lot and the Obama sticker and layoff those people. I have no tolerance for a lazy worker. Give me your best and I will in return pay you fair and take care of you. There are many weeks when my payroll is bigger than the income from the company but other times I make good money. I owe it to my employees but they also owe me for keeping them working in this economy. I can not do it without them and they can not do it without me. No Union or I would go under. I can survive as I have good saving and skills but could they? Username: xsiveporsche | On: November 28, 2010 at 11:57 a.m. ==================== xsiveporsche, I want to thank you for doing what you do to build your business and keep your employees engaged and working. Sounds like you understand what I was talking about when I said management needs to balance the needs of it's owners, customers, and employees in order to be successful. Keep up the good work.
Though I don't work for you, I still commend your efforts. By the way, I wouldn't go lay off those with Obama stickers if you really want to keep your business running, they are likely the most productive people you have!

November 29, 2010 at 3:46 p.m.
JohnBravo said...

I have spent the last 20+ years in manufacturing management. I've worked in facilities where the workers were organized by the UAW. I've worked in non-union facilities as well. My father was a member of the Boilermakers & Blacksmiths union. It was union wages that put me through college and afforded me the opportunity to be where I am today.

The right of workers to unionize should be, no must be defended. We, all of us who hold a job or work for a living, owe a debt of gratitude to those men and women who put it all on the line (including their lives) to secure better wages, better working conditions, safe workplaces, etc. for themselves and posterity.

As a member of management, I have worked, and will continue to work to ensure that the employees at our facility never vote to be represented by a union. The reason? Simple - if the workers vote in union representation it is because I, and my fellow managers have utterly failed in our responsibility to lead the organization.

Given the comments by Guenther Scherelis, I'd say the VW leadership is well aware of its responsibilities and will work to build an organization in Chattanooga that balances the needs of owners, customers, and employees. If the management team in Chattanooga does this, then the employees will vote down any unionization efforts. Guaranteed.

Mr. Corker probably should stick to politics because he clearly doesn't understand how to manage a successful business.

November 29, 2010 at 3:32 p.m.
JohnBravo said...

First off, the TVA is worth a hellofalot more than $10 billion which means this scam is merely someones idea of a way to rip off the American people.

Second, the TVA power generation & distribution utility has been paid for by the people served in this 7-state region. The initial investment by the Federal Government was recouped decades ago. If the TVA is privatized, the only equitable way to do so is to issue stock certificates to the American Citizens living in this 7-state region.

Third, The TVA currently generates more revenue than the utility division consumes. It is a profitable business. It is a good business. Even with it's shortcomings, it produces power at a lower cost than many "publicly held" utility companies. Privatizing TVA will result in higher utility costs for private citizens not only in this 7-state region but across America.

Fourth, What to do with the "natural resource management" arm of the TVA? Surely "they" don't want to sell off all the TVA managed lands!?! If they do intend to do so, the risk of development looms which would ruin the natural beauty of so much of the valley.

Republicans from outside the 7-state region served by the TVA have been trying to sell TVA to private industry for at least 40 years. Now, with more republicans in congress, they may just succeed in destroying the one thing the government got right during the 20th century.

November 22, 2010 at 1:20 p.m.

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