Tennessee GOP Gov. Working for VW Germany to Beat Union


Editor’s note: We all trust Volkswagen.  Do remember this is the company that faked their emission results on diesel cars.  They also build largely garbage, not our workers fault, just crappy German engineering.  I won’t even rent one on a bet.  Fords are endlessly better but they, of course, are UAW.

TENNESSEE GOV. BILL Lee’s office has been secretly assisting Volkswagen’s efforts to defeat the United Auto Workers organizing drive in Chattanooga, according to emails obtained through the state’s public records law.

At least three of Lee’s policy staffers exchanged emails shortly after the UAW’s April 9 petition to represent Volkswagen’s hourly workers at the German company’s sole U.S. car manufacturing plant. One of Lee’s policy analysts reached out to a former chief of staff to retired Sen. Bob Corker, who was involved in the effort to bust the UAW’s first attempt to organize Volkswagen workers five years ago.

The emails also show a senior Volkswagen executive requesting to brief the governor’s office on the union drive. The company also helped plan a visit by Lee, a Republican, to the Chattanooga plant on April 29 — the date the UAW had asked the National Labor Relations Board to schedule a union election, the emails reveal. The Republican-dominated board threw out the petition on May 22 due to a technicality; the UAW immediately refiled a petition, and the board has scheduled an election for June 12, 13, and 14.

The governor implied to Volkswagen workers that Tennessee government officials have been successful in luring companies like Volkswagen to the state because of the lack of unions, according to a leaked recording…

read more at The Intercept


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  1. There was a time when VW’s were good. My home-made dune buggy was so easy to repair it was like an overgrown lawn mower. I welded a 1/4 to 3/8 in. steel frame and roll bar, coupled with the rear end from a bus. In low gear you could almost climb a tree with it. It was a miniature tank. It is most likely still on that island, still running. Modern cars are all crap. Flip a bit in their computer and any vehicle becomes paperweight. Useless.

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