Disgusted With Volkswagen

Saturday, July 12, 2014
Jumpin' Jehoshaphat, Roy, are you suggesting that it may be possible that UAW could ever be engaged in anything illegal?
 
My reaction to this charade is:
 
I am almost as disgusted with VW as I am with UAW.  When all is said and done, if I were employed by VW I would think a long time under the present circumstances before I would remain in its employ, knowing from this experience that the shot-callers in that company rest with the union and the works council and the ownership/management is willing to go behind the employees' backs and deal with those entities concerning employees' rights and ignore the laws of this country that protect our workers.
  Union representation and a works council were not a part of VW's package when it first sought location here years ago.  That should have been revealed before the first deal was struck.
 
The taxpayers have been left out on a limb and learned through trickle-down information released gradually though the years just what allowing VW to locate here has cost us.  That element should not be forgotten by both VW and the politicians when they consider asking anything more from us to buy another slot at Enterprise South for manufacture of an SUV, with UAW chomping at the bits to get part of the action while at the same time sticking their nose into the taxpayers' and citizens' political affairs and our business of management, operation and control of our city.  I have yet to meet a single person from this city who received one of those 2,500 jobs used in the carrot-and-stick exercise as VW began setting up to build and operate their plant.
 
My only experience with having a union present where I worked for 34 years taught me that union members can be intentionally cruel, secretive and dismissive of those who do not belong to the union even though they may be prohibited from union membership because of their job requirements, including clearances for access to classified information.  I saw that all over again in those employees from VW who chose to campaign for UAW in their appearances on the Ed Show on MSNBC.  Not a good move, fellas.  The media cannot do anything for you except use you to fill a time slot and hopefully stir up enough trouble to give them something to talk about the next day.
 
To those dedicated VW employees, I say:  I put my trust in Senator Bob Corker to follow through on his efforts to ensure that our Constitution is alive and well and the law is on your side.  Thank you, Senator Corker, for your leadership.
 
I am watching you, VW.  We have owned three VWs in this family in past years.  When your sales slide so noticeably in the United States that it is making national news and recalls happen as they are, it tells me that having UAW, the president and the Democratic Party as your bedfellows can make for many sleepless nights and days.  And all of that is something you created for yourself by not communicating first and foremost with all of your specially trained and dedicated employees.  What a shame.
 
Charlotte Parton
Chattanooga

Roy Exum: He Can Never Go Home

When Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sparked top-ranked Florida State to a 56-41 comeback over N.C. State last Saturday, you would have thought the world had forgotten and virtually excused his vulgar rant from the week before. His inexcusable mid-week antics kept him sidelined during the Clemson game and brought down the nation’s scorn but less than a week later he was ... (click for more)

EPA Overreach Jeopardizes Jobs And Increases Energy Prices

The latest round of regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency are difficult to rationalize. The EPA’s planned greenhouse gas rules will jeopardize low-cost electricity relied upon by local governments, small businesses, farmers and manufacturers – a regulation whose impact will be felt by much more than just energy producers and utility companies – but throughout the ... (click for more)

Linear Park Planned As Extension Of Walnut Street Bridge In Front Of Planned Boutique Hotel

A linear park that will be an extension of the Walnut Street Bridge public space is planned in front of a new boutique hotel at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way (Second Street). Mitch Patel of Vision Hospitality on Tuesday night told nearby residents that "the city pushed this idea of a linear park, and we agree that it is a great idea." He said the current situation in which ... (click for more)

Sharply-Divided City Council Approves Office Reorganization; Councilman Freeman Calls Move "Evil, Hellish"

A sharply-divided City Council on Tuesday voted 5-4 to completely reorganize the council office, leaving current staffers without a job down the road but with the option to reapply. Councilman Moses Freeman called the move "evil" and "hellish." He said, "We are punishing somebody on a personal level," though he said the office has been running smoothly. Saying the majority ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Earns Senior-Night Soccer Victory

Honoring the team’s nine seniors was a focus of Tuesday night’s girls’ soccer match at Notre Dame, but it wasn’t the top priority for the Lady Irish. They knew that a win over visiting Signal Mountain would secure a first-place finish in District 7-AA, and their mission was to earn it. Notre Dame did just that, making Emma Higgins’ early goal stand for a ... (click for more)

Baylor and GPS Battle to 0-0 Tie

The Few. The Proud. The Baylor Girls Soccer Team. Playing with only one sub, an all-state basketball player turned goalkeeper and a disciplined defense, the Baylor girls soccer team battled host GPS to a scoreless tie Tuesday in a TSSAA D-II East/Middle Region match. GPS was the heavy favorite coming into the match with eight wins (now 8-1-2, 3-0-1), while Baylor (now ... (click for more)