U.S. senator drops bombshell during VW plant union vote

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rf9 wrote:

tn toss corker out of office please !

Feb 13, 2014 6:46am EST  --  Report as abuse
Schnarr wrote:

Bob Corker hates the working man.

Feb 13, 2014 7:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
leesaleesamp wrote:

Wonder if the Republicans who consistently vote against their best interests will clue in to how the GOP is treating them? “You don’t want those nasty old worker protections…have some ice cream, little boy”

Will they EVER get a clue?

Feb 13, 2014 8:35am EST  --  Report as abuse
obelus wrote:

It seems silly for a manufacturer to base such a long term strategic decision on union representation. It seems to me that VW would want to align its supply chain with its sales division and manufacture where much of their anticipated market would be. It may be an exaggeration to suggest that VW ownership is greatly concerned about whether the plant is union or not.

Feb 13, 2014 11:33am EST  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:

I call Bulloney on Corker. No proof at all. He’s lying.

Feb 13, 2014 11:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
butch006 wrote:

Senator Corker should have corked it when he claimed VW told him they would reward the workers with expansion of their facilities if the workers vote against union representation.Some experts are saying he may have broken federal law by trying to influence workplace rights.IF the company is fine with having a unionized workforce it should be out of the hands of political radicals.

Feb 13, 2014 11:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
UN_nat wrote:

“We are in a battle with Mexico on where this new product goes,” said Burton, “and it stands to reason that the union will add costs. We need to keep costs down to fight for that new product.”

Translation: GOP not only doesn’t support raising of the minimum wage so that deserving workers could earn a living wage; Corker supports actually lowering the U.S. minimum wage to those currently earned by workers in Mexico.

Great job GOP you succeeded in losing more votes for this coming election!!!

Feb 13, 2014 2:39pm EST  --  Report as abuse
63fastback wrote:

The VW management has repeatedly said, time and time again, that the outcome of the election will not enter into their decision to build a new car. SUV really. This lying POS republican is only telling half the truth and not the way in which the VW management told him.

Feb 13, 2014 2:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
63fastback wrote:

Corker should be charged with tampering with this NLRB election.

Feb 13, 2014 2:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RHDBMT wrote:

Unions offer no protection for good workers, only bad workers. No one should have to pay someone else to hold a job. That is just plain against everything America stands for (whoops, USED TO stand for before BHO). Look up every union on Google, and you will see the trail of union leaders in prison…what for? Embezzlement, payoffs to organized crime, excessive salaries, etc. All these costs are born on the backs of the workers their leaders promise to protect. No folks, if they vote yes, then VW should switch all vehicle production elsewhere to any State with a Right To Work law. Of course then Obama wouldn’t get his extra pocket money from the Unions he paid taxpayers money to in order to get their vote. Corruption and Unionism go hand in hand..history show this to be always the case.

Feb 13, 2014 4:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TNTruth wrote:

Not just Bulloney, Sam, totally illegal Bulloney in violation of federal labor law. All of these politicians do not think the laws apply to them, too. They will bully, threaten, do most anything they want, to maintain the status quo, which in TN just means continued mass poverty and low paying jobs. Corker is so wrong on so many levels.

Feb 13, 2014 5:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kestrel32 wrote:

Obama can lie and change the rules when it suits him, so why
can’t Corker?

Feb 13, 2014 5:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kestrel32 wrote:

Obama can lie and change the rules when it suits him, so why
can’t Corker?

Feb 13, 2014 5:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kestrel32 wrote:

Obama can lie and change the rules when it suits him, so why
can’t Corker?

Feb 13, 2014 5:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kestrel32 wrote:

Obama can lie and change the rules when it suits him, so why
can’t Corker?

Feb 13, 2014 5:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kestrel32 wrote:

Obama can lie and change the rules when it suits him, so why
can’t Corker?

Feb 13, 2014 5:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TNTruth wrote:

Volkswagen is clearly not responding to calls and emails since they understand and respect the Federal Laws that govern this election period as opposed to the politicians who enacted the laws. That sound about right to you?

Feb 13, 2014 5:41pm EST  --  Report as abuse
awareadams wrote:

Corker told the truth! That’s why we read these angry responses.

Unions, to jusitfy their existence, have to create and further controversy; that’s what the members expect.
Unions are the #1 reason so many factories selling good to the U.S. are now in Asia and Central America.

Feb 13, 2014 5:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BlueDogDem wrote:

leesaleesamp, I wonder the same thing about dumocrats that keep voting for a party that gives away TRILLIONS to those that don’t work and keeps hammering the middle class they USED to help. I wonder when UAW workers will finally realize the reps use the dues to go on lavish vacations like a couple years ago in Miami in rooms that cost $2000.00 a night. When will the dues paying idiots realize the UAW supported Impeached Clinton whom sent over 300,000 Michigan jobs to Mexico with NAFTA. I watched this Union give away and give away…there is ZERO job security with this Union, I know I live in the heart of UAW land. Workers start less per hour here than in TEN, so take your party hatred somewhere else, you are clueless.

Feb 13, 2014 7:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RaftingRick wrote:

The truth hurts. Labor Unions have killed the domestic auto industy in Michigan and Ohio and other Northern State such as NJ. While Corker should have kept quiet there are lots of rediculous claimes coming from the UAW which are just as outragious.

Feb 13, 2014 7:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RaftingRick wrote:

The truth hurts. Labor Unions have killed the domestic auto industy in Michigan and Ohio and other Northern State such as NJ. While Corker should have kept quiet there are lots of rediculous claimes coming from the UAW which are just as outragious.

Feb 13, 2014 7:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RaftingRick wrote:

The truth hurts. Labor Unions have killed the domestic auto industy in Michigan and Ohio and other Northern State such as NJ. While Corker should have kept quiet there are lots of rediculous claimes coming from the UAW which are just as outragious.

Feb 13, 2014 7:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RaftingRick wrote:

The truth hurts. Labor Unions have killed the domestic auto industy in Michigan and Ohio and other Northern State such as NJ. While Corker should have kept quiet there are lots of rediculous claimes coming from the UAW which are just as outragious.

Feb 13, 2014 7:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
davidgriffen wrote:

What the what? Bombshell? Are you guys crazy. He dropped a big fat lie, if REUTERS can’t tell the difference, get out of the business.

Feb 14, 2014 1:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
wwwwfour wrote:

Who is the stooge here?

Feb 14, 2014 2:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
zelskid1 wrote:

This union would never strike or reduce productivity. Those days are gone.

Feb 14, 2014 5:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jkh6148 wrote:

Unions are democracy in the workplace –
and republicans are totally against democracy -
just witness all the red states restricting the people’s rights to vote – new voter id laws that were never before required to vote – cutting voting places – cutting voting days and hours -

working without a contract is working under corporate dictatorship -
when union membership increased – the middle class increased -
over the last 40 years – union membership has decreased – and the middle class has decreased -

corker needs to reveal the person who “assured” him – so his claim can be verified – without verification it is rumor at best or a down right lie at the worst – the workers at VW and the people of Tennessee need the truth to make an informed decision – with hundreds of jobs on the line – and for being a US senator – if the statement is not truthful – it is SHAMEFUL -

this is just another republican lie -
when in ohio Romney claimed jeep was pulling outta Toledo -
and jeep denied his claim -

there are already UAW represented auto factories in Tennessee -
and they have not moved out -

corker and the governor are afraid that the people of Tennessee will see that unions are not the big bad wolf they portray – and Tennessee might become more liberal and maybe even start voting democratic -

corker wants to maintain his high salary – benefits – power – but doesn’t want VW workers to have alittle of the same -

Feb 14, 2014 6:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
jkh6148 wrote:

Unions are democracy in the workplace –
and republicans are totally against democracy -
just witness all the red states restricting the people’s rights to vote – new voter id laws that were never before required to vote – cutting voting places – cutting voting days and hours -

working without a contract is working under corporate dictatorship -
when union membership increased – the middle class increased -
over the last 40 years – union membership has decreased – and the middle class has decreased -

corker needs to reveal the person who “assured” him – so his claim can be verified – without verification it is rumor at best or a down right lie at the worst – the workers at VW and the people of Tennessee need the truth to make an informed decision – with hundreds of jobs on the line – and for being a US senator – if the statement is not truthful – it is SHAMEFUL -

this is just another republican lie -
when in ohio Romney claimed jeep was pulling outta Toledo -
and jeep denied his claim -

there are already UAW represented auto factories in Tennessee -
and they have not moved out -

corker and the governor are afraid that the people of Tennessee will see that unions are not the big bad wolf they portray – and Tennessee might become more liberal and maybe even start voting democratic -

corker wants to maintain his high salary – benefits – power – but doesn’t want VW workers to have alittle of the same -

Feb 14, 2014 6:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
imanole2 wrote:

I’ll never buy a VW. Sorry, but we need unions and hopefully now it will cost you money. Sooner or later, people have to realize the right is not looking out for your your best interest.

Feb 15, 2014 10:11am EST  --  Report as abuse
Dollared wrote:

You mean Detroit, where the auto company MBAs and private equity ran their companies into the ground? Note that Ford, the family owned company, survived just fine. With a strong union that cooperated in saving the company.

Feb 15, 2014 2:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Dollared wrote:

You mean Detroit, where the auto company MBAs and private equity ran their companies into the ground? Note that Ford, the family owned company, survived just fine. With a strong union that cooperated in saving the company.

Feb 15, 2014 2:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
demztaters wrote:

Apparently some people believe that the answer for the economy is to bring U.S. wages more in line with those paid in Mexico. While I can understand that line of thinking from our so-called “job creators,” it’s maddening that the average worker is subservient enough to meekly accept half a loaf instead of fighting for a full one.

Feb 15, 2014 6:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fortdearborn wrote:

The laws of the United States could and should be used to indict Corker for influencing the vote by his comments which may or may not be true, to influence and poison the vailidity of the vote. He is the same as Union thugs from the past who were put away in prison. defense of democracy deands his arrest and trial. The Senate should censure him today by voice vote, and suspend him form office. Speak out for democracy and demand his resigantion. It is a sad day when democracy is ignored. Perhaps the first step would be for the vote to be set aside by the judge. thats how the old old corrupt union was finally stopped. Now the corrupt senator has to be stopped in the name of democracy.

Feb 16, 2014 5:50am EST  --  Report as abuse
fortdearborn wrote:

To PhreeB4God, the unions in Germany have been an integral part of the success of German automater. They have as eat on the board, introduce ideas to improve the operation of the company, have brought about flex time to make the company more effiecnt and proftiable and are paid a lot more than union or non union workers here. You are talking a bout the old style corrupt unions the USA who self destructed. People like corker violate everything for which America stands. Its time you caught up with the new realities. I know its hard for /americans to priase unions, but they are now way better in helping a company surive ina the world Arena. without them America with lose all plants in the next twenty years beuase non union shops just cannot compete withe the new unon organiztion which is far superior. You are talking about a union style that is dead and gone. Union workers for the big three actualy take a lower base salary than non union workers. corker and his commnets are 25 years behind the times.

Feb 16, 2014 6:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
fortdearborn wrote:

Phree is completely wrong and thirty years behind the new realities. The German unions cooperate with management and have been outproducing the american makers for twenty years now. Even a larger currency handicap does not stop them from outdoing american makers union or non union cannot compete.Get the facts. You are making us Americans look like fools.

Feb 16, 2014 6:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
fortdearborn wrote:

When will America wake up and realize the old and corrupt unions are completely dead. We shold all know that by now. In some plants starting unin workers make less than non union. TheAmerican union workers have learned from the Germans,that unions now make a company stronger nd more profitable. We are embarrassing and defeating ourselves by not embracing the truth of the matter. The old Detriot is 100 percent dead and the USA needs to new unions to stay up withe the new realities to compete. It would be a great step forward if someone at rueters could introduce the new truths to Americans, and call for thecensure of corker for hampering theadvncent of America with his politial rant. there are no turth in hie views.

Feb 16, 2014 6:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
AZWarrior wrote:

Corker should keep his mouth shut. Everybody knows most companies would rather have their plants burn to the ground than to put up with the gansters in the UAW. You just don’t say it out loud with the current Administration being in the bag for the unions. Stick a sock in it Corker.

Feb 16, 2014 9:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
Amskeptic wrote:

fiftysevennomad wrote:”Yeah, how could they possibly vote against the UAW when they have the brilliant shining example of Detroit, and everything the UAW has done for Detroit, right there for all to see. Why wouldn’t any city want to be another Detroit?” Another shockingly uninformed slam against your fellow workers. If you researched, you would find that the 40 hour workweek, overtime, weekends, and most every other benefit has come to you courtesy of the unions. If you look at why Detroit fell on hard times, you might want to look at management’s decisions to build lousy cars with high profit margins instead of making decent quality cars that could compete in the marketplace. Don’t blame the workers, don’t give the corporate plutocrats another pass (the ones who voted themselves “restructuring bonuses” while they took away pensions that they refused to capitalize), and please don’t worry yourself with why the income disparity in this country is higher now than any time since the 1920s, no, that would require “thought” . . .

Feb 16, 2014 2:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
SKYDRIFTER wrote:

Strange that no one mentions the governing provisions of the pertinent Federal Labor Law.

The U.S. unions need to join hands with those such as the Tea Party – under the banner of: “If they’re in; vote them out!”

Feb 16, 2014 6:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cdboss wrote:

Why would you vote against jobs? They will take it to where it is cheaper. I guess I will go to Puebla to get a new job. Can live good on the wages they pay in Mexico. Sorry UAW, you suck.

Feb 16, 2014 7:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
pcme wrote:

Editor:

Correct name of school in beginning of article is: Indiana University – Bloomington, NOT University of….

Feb 17, 2014 12:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
kevin2ia wrote:

The Senator speaks the truth and the liberals whine – SSDD.

Feb 17, 2014 7:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:

If this is true, it was stupid for Corker to open his mouth about such things and needlessly embarrass VW in the process. If it isn’t true, it was even more STUPID to open his mouth.

Don’t get me wrong, I feel the same way about unions as he does, but I don’t blindly support people just because they share some of my views.

Feb 18, 2014 8:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

“Bob Corker hates the working man.”

Well – that’s at least ONE thing he has in common with the UAW then! It’s a start!

Feb 18, 2014 8:54am EST  --  Report as abuse
Mikon wrote:

Corker said the obvious… and he may have repeated “hearsay” from a VW management member.
Unions have outlived their usefulness in America. Current labor laws and safety regulations (do you not know of OSHA) protect workers.
Unions are at the top of the list in corruption, have a well demonstrated history of protecting both incompetent and unproductive workers from getting fired, even when drinking and taking drugs during the work day, and indeed impact the activities and bottom line of constructive businesses. They are more like a cancer to business.
If you do not think a union will negatively affect adding new business and expanding the TN plant, you need to train in your brain.
As to one comment on “minimum wage,” the auto workers make far more than the min-wage and it has no bearing on this issue… except in the minds of the brainwashed ignorants.

Feb 18, 2014 11:02am EST  --  Report as abuse
AtypicalMale wrote:

Up next: Corker reveals that there are 205 known Communists working in the factory.

Bonus points if you ‘get’ the reference, and the point I’m making.

Feb 18, 2014 12:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
IslandDude wrote:

See what Boeing started. I’m dumping my Volkswagon. Damn anti-union Nazis.

Feb 18, 2014 3:51pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Jitsujunkie1 wrote:

All Unions should be busted and let free market competition determine who gets paid and who doesn’t.

Feb 18, 2014 7:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TehWorkingMan wrote:

I have to laugh at the typical insults and hatred thrown at anyone who dares stand up to union thuggery. Unions have wrecked or weakened so many American institutions – the auto industry, the steel industry, primary and secondary education…the list goes on. They increase cost without adding quality or value in the vast majority of cases.

It’s not surprising, I guess, that those who are on the union gravy train would get a little cranky if their cushy gig gets threatened, though. Much like the government, there’s nothing unions hate more than competition.

Feb 19, 2014 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TehWorkingMan wrote:

I have to laugh at the typical insults and hatred thrown at anyone who dares stand up to union thuggery. Unions have wrecked or weakened so many American institutions – the auto industry, the steel industry, primary and secondary education…the list goes on. They increase cost without adding quality or value in the vast majority of cases.

It’s not surprising, I guess, that those who are on the union gravy train would get a little cranky if their cushy gig gets threatened, though. Much like the government, there’s nothing unions hate more than competition.

Feb 19, 2014 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TehWorkingMan wrote:

I have to laugh at the typical insults and hatred thrown at anyone who dares stand up to union thuggery. Unions have wrecked or weakened so many American institutions – the auto industry, the steel industry, primary and secondary education…the list goes on. They increase cost without adding quality or value in the vast majority of cases.

It’s not surprising, I guess, that those who are on the union gravy train would get a little cranky if their cushy gig gets threatened, though. Much like the government, there’s nothing unions hate more than competition.

Feb 19, 2014 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TehWorkingMan wrote:

I have to laugh at the typical insults and hatred thrown at anyone who dares stand up to union thuggery. Unions have wrecked or weakened so many American institutions – the auto industry, the steel industry, primary and secondary education…the list goes on. They increase cost without adding quality or value in the vast majority of cases.

It’s not surprising, I guess, that those who are on the union gravy train would get a little cranky if their cushy gig gets threatened, though. Much like the government, there’s nothing unions hate more than competition.

Feb 19, 2014 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TehWorkingMan wrote:

I have to laugh at the typical insults and hatred thrown at anyone who dares stand up to union thuggery. Unions have wrecked or weakened so many American institutions – the auto industry, the steel industry, primary and secondary education…the list goes on. They increase cost without adding quality or value in the vast majority of cases.

It’s not surprising, I guess, that those who are on the union gravy train would get a little cranky if their cushy gig gets threatened, though. Much like the government, there’s nothing unions hate more than competition.

Feb 19, 2014 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TehWorkingMan wrote:

I have to laugh at the typical insults and hatred thrown at anyone who dares stand up to union thuggery. Unions have wrecked or weakened so many American institutions – the auto industry, the steel industry, primary and secondary education…the list goes on. They increase cost without adding quality or value in the vast majority of cases.

It’s not surprising, I guess, that those who are on the union gravy train would get a little cranky if their cushy gig gets threatened, though. Much like the government, there’s nothing unions hate more than competition.

Feb 19, 2014 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TehWorkingMan wrote:

I have to laugh at the typical insults and hatred thrown at anyone who dares stand up to union thuggery. Unions have wrecked or weakened so many American institutions – the auto industry, the steel industry, primary and secondary education…the list goes on. They increase cost without adding quality or value in the vast majority of cases.

It’s not surprising, I guess, that those who are on the union gravy train would get a little cranky if their cushy gig gets threatened, though. Much like the government, there’s nothing unions hate more than competition.

Feb 19, 2014 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TehWorkingMan wrote:

I have to laugh at the typical insults and hatred thrown at anyone who dares stand up to union thuggery. Unions have wrecked or weakened so many American institutions – the auto industry, the steel industry, primary and secondary education…the list goes on. They increase cost without adding quality or value in the vast majority of cases.

It’s not surprising, I guess, that those who are on the union gravy train would get a little cranky if their cushy gig gets threatened, though. Much like the government, there’s nothing unions hate more than competition.

Feb 19, 2014 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
TehWorkingMan wrote:

I have to laugh at the typical insults and hatred thrown at anyone who dares stand up to union thuggery. Unions have wrecked or weakened so many American institutions – the auto industry, the steel industry, primary and secondary education…the list goes on. They increase cost without adding quality or value in the vast majority of cases.

It’s not surprising, I guess, that those who are on the union gravy train would get a little cranky if their cushy gig gets threatened, though. Much like the government, there’s nothing unions hate more than competition.

Feb 19, 2014 4:34pm EST  --  Report as abuse
VeteranIII wrote:

The unions are as Evil as bumbler head up ass obammy. Greed, avarice and a total lack of integrity honor or mercy. They only care about money. The more a worker makes, the more he pays, and when the workers are told to strike, the union officials still get paid while workers go without pay. Yet you morons still support them.

Feb 19, 2014 5:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/371327/vw-workers-escape-detroit-editors

The real truth is that everyone of you liberals are all foolish sheep. The lies work BOTH ways, and you better believe the UAW is one of the most corrupt labor unions ever enfranchised.

There is little difference between the right and left. The right attempts to coerce the left’s “destitute masses” of constituents. And the left coerces the its own constituents to keep them mindlessly backing them en masse. Politicians=Politicians, your representatives are no more respectable then the other sides.

Feb 19, 2014 8:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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