German Union Needs a UAW Victory to Justify Its Own Existence

Posted by Matt Patterson on Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 11:17 am - Permalink

In an excellent article for RealClearMarkets, economist Diana Furchtgott-Roth speculates as to the real reason Volkswagen seems to be bending over backward to help the UAW into its Chattanooga facility, despite the fact that unionization would increase labor costs and hurt productivity:  IG Metall, the industrial union that controls the company's Works Council back in Germany.  

A win for the UAW, she notes, would also be a win for Metall, even if it means a loss for the plant itself:

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Sen. Bob Corker Drops a Bombshell

Posted by Matt Patterson on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 9:57 pm - Permalink

Late Wednesday Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) -- who has been an outspoken critic of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union-- dropped a bombshell into the already incendiary debate about unionization at Chattanooga's Volkswagen assembly plant.

Corker's office released a statement claiming that the Senator had it on good authority that a vote against unionization by VW workers would secure the long-sought expansion of the Chattanooga facility.  From the Chattanoogan:

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Dear UAW: An open letter to Bob King

Posted by Matt Patterson on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 3:16 pm - Permalink

Hello Mr. King. My name is Matt. You don’t know me, but I feel we are connected. You see, I am one of the taxpayers whose money was used to bail out the auto industry in 2009.

You remember that, don’t you? Something like $60 billion of our money that President Barack Obama used to prop up Chrysler and General Motors. You know those companies right?  During the bailout your union was given 1/6th ownership of GM, if I am not mistaken.

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CWF Radio Add in Chattanooga

Posted on Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 at 10:13 am - Permalink

Playing on local radio waves in Chattanooga.

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Taxpayers Subsidize UAW Outrage at VW plant

Posted by Matt Patterson on Monday, February 10th, 2014 at 10:21 am - Permalink

Writing for the Tennessean, Executive Director Matt Patterson writes about how Tennessee taxpayers are subsidizing union activty at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant.

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What a Shock: VW, Union Colluding Despite "Neutrality" Agreement

Posted by Matt Patterson on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at 3:13 pm - Permalink

Volkswagen has been bending over backwards to help the United Auto Workers (UAW) walk into its Chattanooga assembly plant.  And adding insult to injury, the company is hiding its collusion with the union behind a pretense of neutrality.  From the Wall Street Journal:

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Billboards Warn of UAW's Sad Detroit Legacy

Posted by Matt Patterson on Sunday, February 9th, 2014 at 2:51 pm - Permalink

Eleven new digital billboards in the Chattanooga area sponsored by the Center for Worker Freedom feature an abandoned Detroit auto factory to remind everyone what the UAW did to that once-great, now bankrupt city.  From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press:

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UAW Wants Your Guns, Part 1

Posted by Matt Patterson on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014 at 3:36 pm - Permalink

The United Auto Workers union supports a wide variety of local, state and national politicians who are hostile to American’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

As part of a larger strategy to change the political culture of the South, the UAW has already given large sums to politicians who favor strict gun control legislation, including in Tennessee and Alabama.

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