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Obama weighs in on contentious union vote at Volkswagen plant
Reuters ^ | 02/14/2014 | Richard Cowan & Bernie Woodall

Posted on 02/14/2014 2:16:38 PM PST by Rusty0604

P resident Barack Obama on Friday waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG's plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.

Obama's interjection in the war of words on Friday, albeit behind closed doors, underscored how much is stake in the three-day vote by VW's 1,550 hourly workers. The vote is due to end at 8:30 p.m. ET and the results could be announced soon after that.

Obama said everyone was in favor of the UAW representing Volkswagen except for local politicians who "are more concerned about German shareholders than American workers," according to a Democratic aide who attended the meeting with Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: obama; tn; unions; vw
No, Obama, politicians opposed to UAW ARE concerned about American jobs.
1 posted on 02/14/2014 2:16:38 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604

Obama is only concerned about those union dues going straight to DemoRAT campaign coffers.


2 posted on 02/14/2014 2:19:05 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Rusty0604

Dear Reader once again sticks his nose where it is not welcome. Isn’t there a golf course open somewhere?


3 posted on 02/14/2014 2:22:46 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Rusty0604
accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.

That is so disingenuous, as VW management has been strangely silent and Wall Street suggests management is heeding the orders sent by the VW directors, where union personnel have directorships.

They are just going to build the next auto plant in Mexico anyways.

4 posted on 02/14/2014 2:22:54 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Rusty0604

Good God-why can’t he just mind his own business and STFU? He’s making sure the plant gets moved to Mexico at the first opportunity, along with the jobs...


5 posted on 02/14/2014 2:28:24 PM PST by Texan5 (" You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum; Army Air Corps; Zuben Elgenubi; Rusty0604
Union Vote influencing is against the law

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would be in their right, and legally required to do so, to declare this vote invalid based on Obama's actions.

Like that's ever gonna happen....IHTFP

6 posted on 02/14/2014 2:30:06 PM PST by onona (The entitlement army doesnÂ’t vote for candidates, they vote for gravy.)
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To: Rusty0604

German Shareholders are probably more concerned about American workers than Lamar Alexander or Obama.


7 posted on 02/14/2014 2:31:55 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: Texan5

He’s making sure the plant gets moved to Mexico at the first opportunity, along with the jobs...
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VW would have to be crazy to not move to Mexico ,,, if this plant goes union they could always sublet the old GM Shreveport plant from Elio motors ... but they would know that Obozo would force unionization on them after a short time in that state too... he’s just plain killing jobs and making the 10th ammendment more important than ever.


8 posted on 02/14/2014 2:32:55 PM PST by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: Army Air Corps
Isn’t there a golf course open somewhere?

He's due to land here in the Coachella Valley in an hour or so.....road closures until Monday afternoon, so it's a fair guess that he'll get in some rounds - given that we'll be in the 80's all weekend.

9 posted on 02/14/2014 2:34:49 PM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: Neidermeyer

In reality,

ObamaDontCare

about American Jobs
about American Defense
about America’s Middle Class or Poor
about Blacks
about Whites
about Asians and Hispanics
about anyone butt his own narcissistic consumption of as much as he can

ObamaJustDontCare


10 posted on 02/14/2014 2:36:12 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Rusty0604

No German shareholders, no plant. Period.


11 posted on 02/14/2014 2:39:29 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Rusty0604

The hilarity of suggesting that Germans are ever neutral about anything doesn’t know Germans very well.

However, that being said, Germans do try very hard to be inscrutable about what they actually *do* want. They very carefully calculate all eventualities, which is why is it typically very hard to fight Germans in the defense.


12 posted on 02/14/2014 2:39:38 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: Rusty0604
Anyone have a guess how this will come out... I'm almost afraid to watch the results tonight, but hopeful at the same time that there are enough to send the growing message to UAW and Obama!
13 posted on 02/14/2014 2:44:14 PM PST by GizzyGirl
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To: GizzyGirl

Suspect VW will conveniently close plant in the near future and move it to another right-to-work state or Mexico. What is at stake here is jobs. Foreign manufacturers open plants in America only if it is cost efficient. Take that away, and more jobs go to Germany and/or the nearest country to America where cost savings are realized. I never cease to be amazed by low information voters who think nobody deserves a return on capital. Take away the return on capital, and how will funds be attracted for building the plants and providing jobs? If you rely on the government, we’ll soon be driving base Beetles and Trevants.


14 posted on 02/14/2014 2:56:04 PM PST by Boomer One
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To: Rusty0604

I thought he was gonna march with the unions, like he did in Wisconsin. Oh wait, he was AWOL when Walker was kicking the union’s collective asses.


15 posted on 02/14/2014 2:59:31 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (15 years of FReeping! Congratulations EEE!!)
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To: Rusty0604

several of those 1500 workers live in my town...

they didn’t say they were planning to join a union when they started to work at VW ...

they did say their wages would be very good...

I know they started at more than minimum wage...


16 posted on 02/14/2014 3:01:36 PM PST by Tennessee Nana
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To: Boomer One; GizzyGirl

Actually, the Union in Germany was quite vocal about wanting this plant to be unionized, and VW doesn’t seem to have a problem with it.

VW will not be closing this plant anytime soon, but once they are reminded how the UAW rolls, they may eventually regret this decision to welcome the union into their plant.

I expect that the workers will likely vote to unionize, or else there probably wouldn’t have been a vote held in the first place.


17 posted on 02/14/2014 3:25:48 PM PST by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: Pox

It took 10 yrs for the UAW to kill the first UAW plant in Pennsylvania. Suffocation is a slow process.

One thing nobody has mentioned is that Tenn is RTW.
Doesn’t that mean you don’t have to pay dues if you don’t want to?


18 posted on 02/14/2014 3:29:41 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: Rusty0604

If the workers vote for the UAW and VW leaves this will be like the second or third time VW has tried to make it in the US.. and failed. We probably will not get anymore chances.


19 posted on 02/14/2014 3:29:42 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: Boomer One

That’s why there are now auto manufacturing plants in San Antonio, Texas.


20 posted on 02/14/2014 3:29:59 PM PST by tbw2
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
With the way the LRB is stacked now under this administration there will be voter fraud and we will olose the jobs to Mexico. When is America going to see what obama has cost us?
21 posted on 02/14/2014 3:33:36 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS.. We are DOOMED for several generations. . Who cares? Dem's did and voted!)
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To: Pox

This is all true. But I don’t think any of the other plants in the south want the UAW running them.


22 posted on 02/14/2014 3:38:29 PM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604
Pro or Con Unionization, politicians need to keep their mouths SHUT when a certification election is imminent (impossible I know....!!!)
23 posted on 02/14/2014 3:40:09 PM PST by ExSES (the "bottom-line")
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To: Rusty0604
I haven't even considered buying a car made with UAW labor since 1990 and I'll maintain that policy until their leadership is no longer Marxist-Leninist.If VW goes union I'll scratch that make off my “potentials” list.
24 posted on 02/14/2014 4:08:40 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Obama: "I can do whatever I want")
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To: Pox; Boomer One
Thank you both, now I understand what I was hearing today but because of multitasking, not fully focused. I was lost and now I am found on this, now it all makes sense. Appreciate it!
25 posted on 02/14/2014 4:15:47 PM PST by GizzyGirl
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To: Rusty0604

What an asshole! How about the AMERICAN stockholders - should we shaft them too?


26 posted on 02/14/2014 4:30:30 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Rusty0604

Obama, did you know that German unions owes Volkswagen? The UAW are the destroyers of Auto jobs.


27 posted on 02/14/2014 4:34:08 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: onona
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would be in their right, and legally required to do so, to declare this vote invalid based on Obama's actions.

That's why he packed the board and made Richard F. Griffin General Counsel.

28 posted on 02/14/2014 5:10:55 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Rusty0604

Since the wannabe dictator Obama has stuck his nose into a business vs. union dispute, the TN VW workers should be even MORE motivated to vote NO to the UAW. Hope that’s the result!


29 posted on 02/14/2014 6:21:50 PM PST by octex
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To: octex

I saw an encouraging interview where a worker was asking “why would I want to join an organization that promotes gun grabbing and abortion?”


30 posted on 02/14/2014 6:23:02 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

UAW voted down according to Chattanooga newspaper at 10pm.


31 posted on 02/14/2014 7:10:27 PM PST by Leroy S. Mort ("Don't say sh*t unless you know for sure it helps." - Raylan Givens)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

http://www.wbir.com/story/news/2014/02/14/vw-workers-at-tennessee-plant-reject-union/5500749/


32 posted on 02/14/2014 7:24:22 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Not just that but I believe he is 100% spiteful against the Chattanooga area and the vw plant. Obama came here to town within the past yr and did a stupid speech at amazon about manufacturing jobs. Not only is amazon NOT a manufacture but they wouldn’t be around if it weren’t for VW and yrs of planning by republicans doing everything they can to revitalize the area. People lined the streets for miles waving banners that he was NOT welcome here. (never show that on natl. news) Obama probably wanted to do his speech at vw and VW told him to stfu. He’s pissed off a LOT of Germans with his spying crap and they haven’t forgotten that. They were big supporters until he spit in their faces. Obama has always used politics as a method to make money or extract revenge, this is no different. Just look at how much $ he can make or who he can snub or both, there lies the answer.


33 posted on 02/14/2014 7:31:27 PM PST by SegiDream (obama stupid)
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To: Neidermeyer

I saw that the workers actually told the union to shove it-good-I pray it is just the beginning...


34 posted on 02/15/2014 8:36:08 AM PST by Texan5 (" You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: octex

They rejected the unions. :-)


35 posted on 02/15/2014 11:46:15 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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