After UAW defeat in Tennessee, can GOP fulfill promises that more jobs will come?

  • Article by: ERIK SCHELZIG , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 17, 2014 - 3:00 AM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Republicans fighting a yearslong unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture in the days leading up to last week's vote. They said if Chattanooga employees joined the United Auto Workers, jobs would go elsewhere and incentives for the company would disappear.

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texas_technomanFeb. 17, 14 6:05 AM

So Corker and the Governor lied to keep the UAW out. That Works Council idea scared them. It's unAmerican to have a union worker actually have an opinion about what would or wouldn't work better. Executives here are all knowing.

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rms316Feb. 17, 14 6:54 AM

Why didn't Corker just come out and tell workers that he wanted and expected them to make less money? Unprecedented and completely out of line for a Senator.

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firefight41Feb. 17, 14 9:12 AM

I am going to go out and buy a Volkswagen and make sure it was one that was built in Tennessee.

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brucelieFeb. 17, 14 9:30 AM

So they decided they didn't want Chattanooga to turn into Detroit. Good choice.

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tooty123Feb. 17, 1410:00 AM

If the company wants a union of its workers, what right does Corker or any other politician have a say in the company's business! They should build the new plant in Flint, Michigan and unionize there.

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dogmanFeb. 17, 1410:49 AM

What the workers should do is wait until Tennessee grants more concessions for a second plant... then hold another vote... remove the GOP's ability to bully and blackmail

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firefight41Feb. 17, 1411:15 AM

What the workers should do is wait until Tennessee grants more concessions for a second plant... then hold another vote... remove the GOP's ability to bully and blackmail. ************** Very unlikely that would happen, the south is very anti-union. Why do you think companies are looking to build in the south? Why do you think the northern states lost jobs while southern states gained those jobs. Here is a hint for you - the south does not like unions.

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dogmanFeb. 17, 14 1:09 PM

"Here is a hint for you - the south does not like unions." -- and apparently they enjoy living off of the contributions of the higher-earning blue states

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ramsamFeb. 18, 14 6:05 AM

They will find workers that will work for 8 bucks an hour. They won't be able to purchase anything in there community but what the heck.

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garagewineFeb. 18, 1411:12 AM

"If the company wants a union of its workers, what right does Corker or any other politician have a say in the company's business!"---As the state's governor, he had every right to withhold state subsidies that were tied to the company's expansion. He probably should have withheld then in either case, since it is doubtful that Volkswagen ever needed them.

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