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Trumka: ‘Right-Wing Zealotry’ Played Role in VW Vote
AFL-CIO ^ | 2/18/2014 | Mike Hall

Posted on 02/18/2014 4:08:06 PM PST by mdittmar

After unprecedented interference from politicians and out-of-state extremists like Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers, workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant voted 712–626 against representation by the UAW that would have led to the establishment of a works council, the first such model of labor-management relations in the United States.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says the workers stood up to “enormous odds to try to form their own union and to create an historic new model of workplace governance.” He adds:

Unconscionably, what should have been a local workplace decision by workers and management was turned into an experiment in new forms of right-wing zealotry over issues having nothing to do with how stakeholders decided for themselves the best way to build automobiles and create a strong Chattanooga community. 

While Volkswagen had agreed to remain neutral, Republican lawmakers and right-wing groups mounted a large-scale anti-union attack. UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel, who directs the union’s southern organizing, says:

Unfortunately, politically motivated third parties threatened the economic future of this facility and the opportunity for workers to create a successful operating model that would grow jobs in Tennessee.

Says UAW President Bob King:

While we certainly would have liked a victory for workers here, we deeply respect the Volkswagen Global Group Works Council, Volkswagen management and IG Metall for doing their best to create a free and open atmosphere for workers to exercise their basic human right to form a union.

Trumka says:

But, make no mistake, the closeness of the results and the courage and tenacity of union supporters prove that this election is a minor setback, and not a permanent defeat.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aflcio; uaw; unions
Darn Right-Wing Zealots;)
1 posted on 02/18/2014 4:08:06 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar
Trumka: ‘Right-Wing Zealotry’ Played Role in VW Vote

Opposing LEFT-WING zealotry.

2 posted on 02/18/2014 4:11:21 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: mdittmar

Darn UAW parasites.Put some ice on it Trumka.


3 posted on 02/18/2014 4:11:24 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: mdittmar

I guess if they had gotten their way then they would be left wing zealots?


4 posted on 02/18/2014 4:12:20 PM PST by dandiegirl
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To: mdittmar

FINALLY!!!!!


5 posted on 02/18/2014 4:14:37 PM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: mdittmar

How long before Obama’s NLRB thugs ride to the rescue??


6 posted on 02/18/2014 4:15:55 PM PST by CMailBag
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To: mdittmar

Mongol General: Conan! What is best in life?

Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.

Mongol General: That is good! That is good.

7 posted on 02/18/2014 4:16:04 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: mdittmar
Demonize anyone who doesn't think like I do!

Dissent is not patriotic! Dissent is treason!

-PJ

8 posted on 02/18/2014 4:16:19 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: mdittmar

Conviction and zeal, wielded in the proper place at the proper time. Yes indeed.


9 posted on 02/18/2014 4:17:09 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: mdittmar

Liberals cannot conceive of the fact that not everyone buys into their philosophy. Maybe Trumpka should take some lessons from the days when unions worked for their members rather than the democrat party.


10 posted on 02/18/2014 4:18:07 PM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: mdittmar

I’ve been in unions and been in management both in union and non union shops. In all instances I could not stand anything about unions.


11 posted on 02/18/2014 4:18:52 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: mdittmar
an historic new model of workplace governance

No, it was historic when Marx first suggested it in the 19th century. But the workers owning the means of production is hardly new.

And, in the case of the Tennessee VW plant, it was hardly successful either.

12 posted on 02/18/2014 4:19:10 PM PST by IronJack
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To: mdittmar

Trumka’s anger will soon be followed by the sound of bones breaking.


13 posted on 02/18/2014 4:19:29 PM PST by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: mdittmar
why does Doyle Lonnegan come to mind???

14 posted on 02/18/2014 4:19:31 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: mdittmar

Unions. Making sure workers get paid what the least among them is worth.


15 posted on 02/18/2014 4:20:15 PM PST by Yogafist
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To: mdittmar

Shut up Dick! When Americans want any crap out of you, we’ll unscrew your head and dip it out, you America-hating, greedy thug.


16 posted on 02/18/2014 4:24:06 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: mdittmar

These Unions are stuck in the 1960’s. They are bitter clingers. Society has moved on from Gun control.

Unions need to be more tolerant of people with patriotic tattoos and people who own guns.


17 posted on 02/18/2014 4:25:01 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: mdittmar

Good job boys.


18 posted on 02/18/2014 4:25:18 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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19 posted on 02/18/2014 4:26:15 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: mdittmar
...create a free and open atmosphere for workers to exercise their basic human right to form a union...

Looks like they decided to exercise their basic human right to tell the union pigs to take a hike.

20 posted on 02/18/2014 4:27:32 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: mdittmar

Always remember..... Richard Trumka is a terrorist

He led the UMWA reign of terror during the miners strike in South West Virginia in 1988/89


21 posted on 02/18/2014 4:29:51 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: mdittmar

‘Right-Wing Zealotry’ = The American instinct for self-rule.


22 posted on 02/18/2014 4:35:01 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: mdittmar

Hey Trumped-up. That’s what happens when you try to invade a right wing state.
Take your union thuggery up North.


23 posted on 02/18/2014 4:36:13 PM PST by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: mdittmar

24 posted on 02/18/2014 4:36:38 PM PST by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: Political Junkie Too
Demonize anyone who doesn't think like I do!

Dissent is not patriotic! Dissent is treason!

“I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and disagree with this administration, somehow you're not patriotic. We need to stand up and say we're Americans, and we have the right to debate and disagree with any administration.”


25 posted on 02/18/2014 4:36:54 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: CMailBag

I fully expect his NLRB to throw this vote out at some point. The UAW is doing everything they can without “going strongly negative” to unionize in Tennessee and Alabama.


26 posted on 02/18/2014 4:37:45 PM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Political Junkie Too

(not saying I’m disagreeing with you, PJ, just reminding folks of the Hildabeast’s hypocracy...)


27 posted on 02/18/2014 4:38:26 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: mdittmar
Trumka should be in prison or sleeping with the fishies...

Maybe the fact that non- union workers in the VW plant make more per hour than his thugs in UAW plants up north had something to do with the vote...

28 posted on 02/18/2014 4:49:54 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: mdittmar

LOL Had the voting been reversed, the union goons would have called this vote a mandate.


29 posted on 02/18/2014 4:50:40 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: COBOL2Java
I didn't think you were. And if you were, to the cornfield with you!

-PJ

30 posted on 02/18/2014 4:51:07 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: mdittmar

Oh boo f’n hoo, Trumka.


31 posted on 02/18/2014 4:52:44 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Bryan24
I fully expect his NLRB to throw this vote out at some point.

I'm not sure about that simply because part of the agreement was for the UAW not to target this plant for a year once they voted...

Though VW management may be pro - union to a point...just how much crap do you think they will put up from the UAW...?

I'm thinking not much...

Of course I could be completely wrong and Obama already has his NRLB stooges writing up their opinions...

32 posted on 02/18/2014 4:58:06 PM PST by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: bert

And now he’s left all of his UMWA buddies in the wind. His God Obama will destroy their livelihoods and communities in his War on Coal. Nemacolin and all the little mine towns like it will die.

He made his bones on the backs of his union miners at Peabody and Pittston but now they are dog sh*t to him.

I’d say ‘serves them right’ but it’s just too damn sad. Oh well, maybe they can find jobs in the shale - but they aren’t union.


33 posted on 02/18/2014 4:58:27 PM PST by SargeK
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To: Don Corleone
The politics come from the fact that the UAW is purely political and purely democrat. The working man is just the sucker they take money from to fund liberal politicians. These protectors of the working man support amnesty for millions of illegals who will take our jobs and lower our wages. The UAW really cares about the working man's money.
34 posted on 02/18/2014 5:10:13 PM PST by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: mdittmar

I love these satirical fake news sites. They are really funny. Can you imagine how stupid these guys would look if they had really said this stuff?


35 posted on 02/18/2014 5:57:35 PM PST by centurion316
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To: SargeK

Peabody........

I read this week that the TVA Paradise plant that ran on Peabody coal is refurbished for Natural gas.

I guess Mr Peabody’s coal trucks didn’t haul all of Mulenberg county away


36 posted on 02/19/2014 4:44:24 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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