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UAW Fight in TN

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by ethics, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    If you read the likes of CNN and other sources like it, it's the Republicans who are at fault. Take a look at this example:

    Union vote at VW plant sparks a backlash - Feb. 12, 2014
    Republicans Republicans Republicans!

    Then there's WSJ:

    For a time, Donna Allmon, a quality inspector on the assembly line, was open to the idea of a union, and looked positively on the UAW's practice of giving preferences based on workers' seniority. But then she took into account the UAW's history of confrontations with the Detroit auto makers, and its role in the long decline that culminated in the bankruptcies of General Motors GM +0.88% and Chrysler.

    "Anything they have been involved with has had problems," she said Saturday, leaving a meeting hosted by a group of antiunion workers where she picked up a blue "NO UAW" T-shirt and stack of leaflets to pass out to co-workers. "We are a great company. I just don't feel we need this."

    ...Many workers at the plant who plan to vote for the UAW say they are well paid and get good benefits. "We have a great deal here," said Justin King, 30, who halted pursuit of a graduate degree in psychology three years ago and took a job at the plant. He and many other workers make close to $20 an hour—more than the $15 an hour starting wage for new hires at UAW plants....

    Many workers bristle at suggestions UAW campaigners have made that the union could help get them bonuses like the $8,000 or so Ford is paying its union workers this year.

    "They're misleading us," said Ronnie Shaver, 56, who works in the plant's paint shop.

    Travis Finnell, a 39-year-old maintenance worker who has been at the plant nearly three years, says the UAW's backing of politicians who support issues like abortion rights and gun control is troubling. "We're in the South. We have a lot of religion. I don't want my money going to those causes," he said.

    Others don't like the idea of paying dues—2.5 hours of pay a month and 1.15% of any bonuses they get—to a union based in Detroit and closely tied to VW's American competitors.

    Tale of two ways of reporting it.
  2. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Uh-huh, like we're two different countries.
  3. Copzilla

    Copzilla dangerous animal Staff Member

    It's an old but forgotten method of reporting... It's called "presenting both sides". How can you possibly engineer a new society if you "present both sides"?
  4. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    WSJ presented both sides. CNN? Not so much.
  5. MemphisMark

    MemphisMark Old School Conservative

    Yeah. That's why they are known as the Communist News Network.
  6. Copzilla

    Copzilla dangerous animal Staff Member

    Yeah, that was the observation. I didn't think it needed clarification, but you got me anyway. ;)
  7. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    UAW lost, workers voted against UAW representation by 712 to 626.
  8. Allene

    Allene Registered User

  9. Andy


    Stolen from elsewhere:

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  10. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    A few months after Unions were kicked to the curb, this happens.

    The announcement of Volkswagen expanding its plant in Chattanooga means thousands of new jobs for the area.
    VW will be building its new mid sized SUV at the expanded facility.

    It's "a happy day" indeed as one Volkswagen America leader put it for his colleagues, state leaders, and the people of East Tennessee. VW announced they would be expanding their production facilities to build a new mid sized SUV and a research and development center that would create 2,000 jobs in the area.
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  11. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Good for them!
  12. Copzilla

    Copzilla dangerous animal Staff Member

    You mean a business friendly environment can attract business? What a concept...
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