As a 40 year union member I understood due money could not be used for political contributions, that was illegal. Raising money through selling cope tickets and fund raisers were used for that. Am I wrong or is this just more misinformation from antiunion groups?
Same old crap, don't want a union because workers sticking together may be able to get a little more money or better benefits. I also noticed Corker took time out of his busy schedule of trying to insure 50 million older and poor Americans have no healthcare. maybe before he leaves town he will have enough time to pull some wings off of some flies. and as for this paper, I am old enough to remember how it busted the printers union at the free press.
The truth is union workers make more then nonunion workers, have better benefits, and will bring wages up for nonunion workers around them. I am sure that is what you are against. But we spend more money which helps to improve the local economy and adds to the local tax base. Chattanooga used to have a large manufacturing tax base, and the city was a lot better financially. But it is gone and now it seems that the powers that be are set to run VW off. Well if you succeed the VW workers can go to Mexico and work, but they will be at a union plant.
plain, if VW employees vote the UAW in. the UAW WILL care about them. And it does not surprise me any more when some one says thousands of union workers are dead beats and only work because the union gets their jobs back. That rates right up there with the lie that the unions destroyed the American car industry.
I hope you are wrong but all of these big money out side groups coming in spending a ton of money, telling lies and millionaire elected officials telling employees it just can't get any better and them believing it, you maybe right. But ask yourself why are these people spending so much time and money here to defeat the UAW? Do you think for one second they care about you? As soon as the vote is over they are gone! Just like voting for congress, big money buys elections.
Toe, I don't know where you are getting your info (really I do) but as a 40+year member of the IBEW let me tell you unions cannot hire or fire workers, that is the company's job. The union can try to aid a member if unjustly treated. But the company still has the final say.
If the UAW is voted in then the VW members can attend meeting have their say about what is right and what needs to be addressed. And in coming years, when everything goes up, instead of employees going to management one at a time looking for raises, your elected ( by you)fellow members will meet with VW to get a new contract.
But know this a workers union at your plant is only as good as the people in it. It doesn't not matter what union you are in, the UAW,IBEW,AMA,BAR, or sanitation workers the people at VW will make it what it is if you volt it in.
The man makes since facts, at lest he is not trying to run VW off like the elected officials on our side of the state.
your cheap labor didn't get the motor plant or Audi plant they went to Mexico. And with employees like you I guess we can kiss the suv line goodbye. BTW you seem to be so antiunion are you going to quit if the UAW is voted in?
And as for the work there were nonunion contractors there too, an I'm sure that you would never admit it they may have done some shoddy work
Robin seems to think we are better then the north because we will work cheep and settle for less benefits. and BTW just who deemed Detroit's excessive.
We who work for others want to have a decent life style, to raise out kids, have medical care for our families. And I don't care what R.R. said "trickle down" does not work.
Robin being" fiercely independent " does not put beans on the table. And one last thing Robin, the UAW has been in Tennessee since 1992.
as a Tennessee and a Hamilton county taxpayer, and one of the hundreds of union workers that helped build that plant, I feel I have a right to get involved too. One of the reasons V W came here was the state and county was willing to shell out bug bucks to build, train, and advertise. And it was a lot more then $500 million. closer to $650 is what was said.
It is common knowledge V W wants the union, all of their other plants world wide are union and they have become the 2sd. largest auto maker in the world. but that will not work here? Now we have state elected officials threating to block funds for future expansions if the UAW is voted in, just how stupid are we. Why don't we just tell them to close the doors and take it all to Mexico. Maybe if they would just leave, some of these anti union groups that have come here and spent big bucks to stop the union will open it up and offer $7.50 an hour jobs for the ex V W workers!
seems like a lot of people and money from other places are here to keep the union out of Chattanooga, why? does "right to work" not mean work union if you choose?