Union Bashing - And Response

Monday, February 10, 2014

I for one am really sick and tired of all the union bashing and out and out lies being spread around. I was a member of a union at my job and if anything we sometimes felt like the union was not fighting hard enough and the employer was getting away with too much. The union knew how far to push and when not to based on the particular issue being argued.   As far as the continuous lies about someone from the outside coming and telling them how things will be that’s ridiculous.  Everything a union does is voted on by the membership at the monthly meetings and actions aren’t taken without a majority approval. 

Lest people forget, if it wasn’t for the unions there wouldn’t have been child labor laws, workmen’s comp, workplace safety rules, 40 hour work weeks, overtime pay, and many other benefits that all employees enjoy whether union or not.  As far as the unions being responsible for all the lost jobs here that is a big lie too. Corporate greed, pollution regulations and other issues cost us more jobs than anything the unions did.

The majority of the anti-union rhetoric comes straight from the playbook of the hard right of the G.O.P. and the Tea Party and they will do or say anything to defend the rich at the expense of the working class anytime (of course the problem is that neither party is giving us a reasonable alternative).

Oh, one last note; before the usual liberal-bashers come out to paint me with the lib-tard brush I’m a conservative myself, I’m just an honest one unlike most.

Kenneth A. Kaylor

Red Bank 

* * *

Mr. Kaylor, 

I think you make a very strong point about how much work unions did to gain the 40 hour work week and child labor laws. Seems their work is done. Maybe they can re-negotiate for a different 40 hours? 

As for bashing, the UAW has been at war with VW for 50 years. Walter Reuther attacked VW's commercial division by coercing Washington to include a 25 percent tax on foreign trucks. In return the UAW didn't strike before an election. I'm sure that all of the union members voted on that little deal, right? And VW suffered great losses from a direct jab from the UAW.  

From one honest un-lib-tard to another, get in bed with shady people and your life as you know it will change. 

This isn't your daddy's IBEW or IAFF.  

Tim Giordano



Where's The Money?

Don't worry about your condemned bleachers, East Ridge.   I'm certain all that money the Tennessee lottery makes for schools will have everything fixed ASAP.   Michael Burns (click for more)

Dangerous Tailgating

In the 1960's I worked in the CPD traffic division as a traffic accident investigator.  The leading causes of most accidents were driver not paying attention and following too close. I believe this is true today.  As I drive on the freeway or watch news video of freeway traffic, most drivers are guilty of following too close or tailgating.   The recommended ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center Unsecured Creditors Committee Asks Trustee Be Appointed For Fort Oglethorpe Hospital; Asks Bankruptcy Not Be Dismissed

The Unsecured Creditors Committee of Hutcheson Medical Center is opposing a motion by U.S. Trustee Guy Gebhardt for a bankruptcy judge to dismiss the bankruptcy for the financially-ailing Fort Oglethorpe hospital.   Instead, the group is asking Judge Paul Bonapfel to appoint a trustee to oversee the Hutcheson finances. In a 16-page motion, the committee said if the bankruptcy ... (click for more)

Developer Says CARTA To Lease 75 Parking Spaces At Renaissance Park Lot For New $14 Million Apartments

A member of the Vision Hospitality Group said Tuesday that CARTA plans to lease 75 spaces at the public parking lot by Renaissance Park for its planned $14 million apartment complex. Drew Hibbard, vice president of finance and investments, told members of the North Chattanooga Council of the Chamber of Commerce that it will be under a 50-year lease with the transit group that ... (click for more)

Pugh, Smith Lead Sale Creek Past East Ridge, 3-0

If Sale Creek’s Bailey Pugh and Ariana Smith were a comedy act, Pugh would be Ed McMahan and Smith would play Johnny Carson. On the court, Pugh sets up Smith, who finishes things with killer punch lines. That was certainly the case Tuesday at East Ridge High School where the visiting Lady Panthers rolled over the Lady Pioneers, 3-0, with game scores of 25-16, 25-8 and ... (click for more)

Luthringer, Boyd Earn First Wins In Prep Cross Country Tuesday

There were a couple of first-time winners on Tuesday afternoon at Camp Jordan as the Chattanooga Cross Country League had its first official meet of the season. It was plenty hot and the humidity was relentless, so race officials decided to shorten the first race from the customary 5K distance to a two-mile test. The heat didn’t seem to bother the overall winners as Signal ... (click for more)