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. 


Chattanooga Chamber Business Calendar Oct. 3-10

MON/3 Bubbly vs. Brews (A Startup Week Event) 5:30-7:30 p.m. Chattanooga Chamber Alley: 811 Broad St. The purpose of this event is corporate matchmaking with local startups. If you’re a startup, click here to register.   MON/3 – NEWtrepreneur? 10 Bookkeeping Mistakes to Avoid from the Start (StartUp Week) Noon – 1:30 p.m. TN Small Business ... (click for more)

Supreme Court Abolishes Mutuality Element Of Collateral Estoppel

In a unanimous opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court has modified the state’s approach to collateral estoppel – a legal principle governing the relationships and issues between parties that are involved in successive legal proceedings. The decision will prevent a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense from contesting guilt in a subsequent civil lawsuit brought by the ... (click for more)

County GOP Chairman Says Mayor Berke Should Immediately Resign For Admittedly Using Encrypted Messaging With Top Staff

Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Tony Sanders said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke "should immediately resign after admitting that he and his senior staff employ an encrypted message application that neither records or stores messages sent and received for the purpose of official city of Chattanooga business on a government-owned server." He said he was guilty of "deliberates ... (click for more)

Grohn Says Berke Use Of Encrypted Message Service Was Deliberate Attempt To Avoid Open Records

City Councilman Larry Grohn said F riday  that the use of an encrypted message service by Mayor Andy Berke was a deliberate attempt to avoid the Open Records Act. Councilman Grohn, who is running for mayor, said, " In recent days, there has been one story after another come out concerning how the Mayor and his head staffers have used end-to-end encryption apps ... (click for more)

Outrageous To Give Vehicles To Nation Of Islam Neighborhood Patrol - And Response

Chief of Police Fred Fletcher of the Chattanooga Police Department has recently decided to give two surplus patrol vehicles to the Nation of Islam Neighborhood Patrol. This is an insult to the life and memory of PO Philip Cardillo who lost his life in April 1972 at the hand of the members of the Nation of Islam Mosque No.7 in Harlem and his fellow officers who were savagely beaten ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Knobfather & Me

I’ve seen some beautiful things in my life. I’ve eaten dinner inside the Eiffel Tower with the city of Paris all aglitter below. I’ve been sprayed by champagne in the Dallas Cowboys’ dressing room after they won the Super Bowl. I’ve stood both at the top and at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I’ve snorkeled in the Great Exuma islands, learned to snow ski in the Austrian Alps, and ... (click for more)