Comment about the cartoon: The UAW is the one that stuck their balls out on the table to get kicked. Stupid is, as stupid does. They are a dinosaur whose time has come to be extinct.
Adios limp dicks.
dude_abides - What the hell would a union do for a manager??? That is about the stupidest thing you have said. Patta is the one that got the UAW in.
soakya... sour grapes? Enjoy them.
I personally know that manager.
I think that the politicians were the only way to level the playing field. The UAW had a tremendous amount of representation. Volkswagen wanted a democratic vote, but thanks to the Patta brothers influence there was NO representative voice for those that did not want the UAW in our plant. It was not democratic. It was not a level playing field. The UAW had every advantage and they still lost.
Senator Corker chose to sit on the sidelines, but the UAW insisted on provoking him. They kept telling other politicians to be like Sen. Corker and shut up. Bad idea and it back-fired on them. The UAW should have never mentioned his name.
dude_abides: You asked for my opinion using hindsight. At the time I welcomed anyone that would step up and represent the other side or the issue. It is called democracy... just not Patta style.
BTW, Sebastian Patta once told an American manager that he needed to learn German and only speak German. The manager walked out of the plant after that.
dude_abides: I do not think it had any effect. The UAW had a table set up in the cafeteria and they had a large office near the productions floors for two weeks. Rarely did I see any employee at either area. I think that people had already made up their mind long before Senator Corker spoke.
I think the "United Obama Workers" billboard had the biggest effect. It made folks more aware of where their union dues would go.
The vast majority of production workers would never vote for a Democrat. They are the very essence of right-wing Republicans when they enter the polls for elections. I think many votes in this decision were more for the organization of a Works Council and not for the UAW. VW is now pursuing the creation of a Works Council without the UAW. They are talking with labor lawyers this week.
Even if the UAW gets the NLRB to set aside the results of this vote, I do not think the UAW will be allowed to campaign again inside VW. The Neutrality Agreement said that if they did not win, they could not campaign VW workers again for a year. That will be a VW decision, not the NLRB. Wolfsburg officials are very divided on the UAW and the influence could swing the other way.
hotdiggity: Please share your thoughts on the ethics of Frank Patta and Sebastian Patta and how it relates to the UAW vote in Chattanooga.
Hint: It would be about the same as Grover Norquist's brother being brought in to be the VP of Human Resources at VW Chattanooga.
UAW ist scheiße.
Beautiful day. I am going to pull up my right and left sleeves to work in the yard. No union ever did anything to help me get my home. I worked for it.
Don't even bother with that tired old line "The unions did this 'n' that years ago."
I have my freedom thanks to the brave men and women that fought and died in our armed forces. No one else.
NOTHING!!! It is about union dues to build the strike fund and support Detroit.
My elected officials stated the truth. Suppliers WILL NOT locate here. I worked for TRW and when the UAW card was being played they aggressively resisted the UAW. If the UAW represented VW workers, I can guarantee that TRW would not be anywhere in the vicinity. Why do you think the auto companies came to the South??? They were sick of the thugs. If it were not for the South's position regarding the UAW, there would be no auto plants in the South.
My base wages should not be based on profits. I took NO financial risk in the venture. RISK=REWARD.
I choose when, where and how much I am willing to work for. No one chains me to my work station. I know where my car is parked and I have the freedom walk out at any time.
I am very happy that my elected officials spoke up. No one else on par with the UAW would. VW muzzled opposition in the plant. Bo Watson did not threaten (see Patta question). He simply pointed out the obvious... that he did not feel that our elected officials would ever pass an incentive package if the UAW were brought in. He and Senator Corker do not control that vote.
I know for a fact that VW officials are very divided on the UAW issue. VW is a "for profit" entity. Audi chose to go to Mexico because they could make more money. When it comes to future expansion in Chattanooga, VW will go where they can make the most profit.
Tell me hotdiggity... what exactly do you think the UAW has to offer VW Chattanooga employees???
Why did the UAW oppose Volkswagen Chattanooga becoming a Free Trade Zone??? To protect Detroit auto workers. That is why.
YOU STILL HAVE NOT REPLIED TO MY QUESTION ABOUT THE ETHICS OF THE PATTA BROTHERS INFLUENCE