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

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