Obama's Visit And Unionization

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I hope it's not lost on the citizens of Chattanooga that Obama's visit to the Amazon facility, with his campaign for his advancement of the middle class,  just happens to coincide with UAW's push for control of the VW workforce...both facilities located in the same industrial park. 

Give me a break - Obama's right and left hand scream of union backing from contributions to his past campaigns.

All of you who endorse the unions and criticize Senator Corker who blamed Detroit's bankruptcy in part on the unions had better take a cold had look at this visit.  Obama's speech at Amazon will only provide broad outlines with no specifics just like his speech did in Illinois this past week.    But the union push is serious to Chattanooga. The UAW nearly destroyed the automotive industry in Detroit. 

Unions pushed UAW/GM/FORD/CHRYSLER. See a problem.  Unions in the automotive industry promote poor performance. How many plants, employee layoffs, and models discontinued by GM were required to keep GM in business?  How could a company continue to fund life time health care and pension with the demands of the union and poor quality of the product?  Oops...none.  It was not the UAW who saved GM ...it was Obama.  But union is not the answer for VW.  

All of you who are employed by VW in Chattanooga, where did you work prior to VW?  How many of you know the history of unions in Chattanooga?  Do any of you remember the bomb placed at Amos and Andy Buick on Broad Street during the union's campaign to organize. 

Finally, VW, your product speaks of your performance, not a union who wants a percentage of your income. 

Michael McClure
Gulf Shores, Ala.

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