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. 


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