NAACP Responds To Corker's Involvement With VW Union Relations

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Tennessee State Conference NAACP issued a response to Senator Bob Corker's involvement in the Volkswagen union relations.:

Senator Corker, we are dismayed and appalled at your efforts to dissuade workers at the Volkswagen Plant in their choice of a union. Poverty has run rampant in southern states, thanks in large part to a lack of quality livable wage jobs with respect and dignity. Unions are a great equalizer in the fight against inequality and in promoting racial and economic justice. 

You continue to misrepresent the union’s intent and mislead the workers of Volkswagen. Workers have a right to representation. The workers at the Volkswagen plant are intelligent beings, who are capable of making their own decisions. To have a U.S. senator get in the middle of their discussion and use his title to unfairly influence their choice is simply wrong. 

The presence of a union gives the workers a voice in quality healthcare benefits, pension plans and wages. Unions have done more to build the middle class in America than any other single entity. 

The presence of a union in the Volkswagen plant would ensure that the workers do not get plagued  by nepotism and other like issues that are so much a part of the norm in this state. 

It deeply concerns those of us in the grass roots community that as a sitting senator, you would use your office to go to such measures to defeat what is in the best interest of all of the workers of  Volkswagen. Your stand on this issue makes you appear out of touch and disinterested in the working-class and poor citizens of the state.  

We understand you’ve had personal involvement in recruiting Volkswagen to come to Chattanooga, however, that still does not give you the right to mislead workers about unionization. The fact that you and your group are bringing litigation is proof that you desire to keep things in Tennessee the same old same old! 

Senator Corker, we ask that you recuse yourself from the conversation and allow the Volkswagen Plant workers to decide their own fate without your interference. 


Ellie's Fine Lingerie Recognized For "Best Interior Design"

Ellie’s Fine Lingerie in Warehouse Row was awarded top honors at the Best of Intima Awards held earlier this month in New York, N.Y. by Intima Magazine. It is the premium lingerie and beachwear publication for the U.S. and Canada. The Best of Intima Awards jury was comprised of 20 high-end brands responsible for nominating and selecting award-worthy retailers. This year’s jury selected ... (click for more)

New And Used Vehicle Sales Drop In August

New vehicle sales in Hamilton County dropped to 1,025 in August, and used vehicle sales dropped to 3,315, according to figures from the County Clerk's office. That compares to 1,031 new vehicles and 3,491 used vehicles the previous August. Totals for August included 430 new cars and 595 new trucks sold. They included 1,754 used cars and 1,561 used trucks sold. (click for more)

Rhasean Lowry, 34, Charged In Death of 3-Year-Old Girl

Rhasean Lowry, 34, was arrested for abusing a three-year-old girl, and then criminal homicide after she died. Last Tuesday, the Chattanooga Police Department was called on a suspected child abuse case. Lowry took the victim to a local hospital and he stated the victim fell down steps. Doctors advised that the victim’s injuries were the result of blunt force trauma consistent ... (click for more)

City IDB Member Who Made Motion For $9 Million Black Creek TIF Had Not Lived In City For Years

A City Industrial Development Board (IDB) member who made the motion to approve a controversial $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) had not lived in the city for years, City Attorney Wade Hinton confirmed. Chris Ramsey, a BlueCross BlueShield official, was not present at an IDB meeting on Tuesday morning. Five other board members were. Citizen Helen Burns ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)