Chattanooga,Tennessee Volkswagen Workers Reject UAW Union Vote … Devastating Defeat for Unions … “A Southern Man Don’t Need Them Around Anyhow!”
Tennessee, it’s called the “Volunteer” state, not the union state …
Lynard Skynard may have been singing about ‘Sweet Home Alabama,’ but the same holds true in Tennessee and the rest of the South … “Well, I hope
Neil Young UAW will remember, A Southern man don’t need him around anyhow!”
YES TO AMERICAN WORKERS, NO TO UNION THUGS!!! Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee have voted no against union representation in a devastating loss for the UAW, United Auto Workers union. The vote was 712-626, that was released late Friday night opposing unionization of the Detroit based union. Imagine that, the workers in Chattanooga, TN did not want their plant or their city going the way of Detroit? As Reuters reports, this failure to unionize VW is a stinging defeat that could accelerate the decades-long decline of the United Auto Workers. Prior to the vote, Barack Obama interjected himself into the discussion on the side of “Big Labor”. Of course, Obama’s message was divisive and stated that the union representation of VW was “settled science.”
President Barack Obama on Friday waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG’s plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.
Obama’s comments, made at a closed-door meeting of Democratic lawmakers in Maryland, came as the vote to allow union representation at the Chattanooga plant drew to a close.
Obama’s interjection in the war of words on Friday, albeit behind closed doors, underscored how much is stake in the three-day vote by VW’s 1,550 hourly workers. The vote is due to end at 8:30 p.m. ET and the results could be announced soon after that.
Obama said everyone was in favor of the UAW representing Volkswagen except for local politicians who “are more concerned about German shareholders than American workers,” according to a Democratic aide who attended the meeting with Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives.
NOT SO FAST BARACK, WRONG AGAIN … Not everyone was in favor of UAW representation ... including 712 workers who voted in the majority and said NO!!!
VIDEO of vote announcement.
Union organizers in the South suffered a setback Friday when workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted against being represented by the United Auto Workers.
The vote was 712 against the union and 626 in favor. There are about 1,550 hourly workers at the plant who were eligible to vote.
The vote was seen as the UAW’s best chance to organize a nonunion auto plant, because Volkswagen management did not oppose the effort.
Winners and Losers:
Winners: The VW workers, The city of Chattanooga, The state of Tennessee, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), right to work, Volkswagen, America
Losers: UAW, Unions, Big Labor, President Barack Obama, liberalism, Democrats, Thuggery
UPDATE I: Frank Fischer, CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, thanked the workers for participating in the vote in the following statement.
“They have spoken, and Volkswagen will respect the decision of the majority,” said Fischer in a statement.
Of about 1,500 Volkswagen workers eligible to vote, 89% cast ballots between Wednesday and Friday night.
“We think it was unfortunate that there was outside influence,” said Gary Casteel, UAW regional director who led the unsuccessful campaign. “I want to urge the VW employees to go back to the business of building cars. There are some issues to be sorted out.
UPDATE II: From the Chatanooga Times Free Press: UAW President Bob Kingexpresses his disappointment of the vote.
UAW President Bob King said he was “deeply disappointed” by the outcome, but insisted that the union will regroup and consider its options, which may include a challenge to the results because of what he said was interference by Tennessee Republicans.
“To lose by such a close margin is very, very difficult,” King said. “We’re also outraged by the outside interference in this election. Never before in this country have we seen a U.S. senator, a governor and a leader of the Legislature threaten the company with incentives and threaten workers with a loss of product. That’s outrageous.”
Jack Nerad, executive market analyst of Kelley Blue Book, said UAW put a lot of work into trying to organize VW’s Chattanooga operation. He termed it “a publicity setback for certain.”
UPDATE III: And now for the most hypocritical “sour grapes” comment of the post vote outcome from the unions, they actually had the audacity to claim their were “outside outsiders trying to influence and intimidate VW workers.” Who are the outsiders UAW? That would be you, trying to come to a Southern, right to work state and causing chaos within a business that came to the state to operate and has been successful because they do not have to deal with unions. A note to the unions, Sen. Bob Corker is a Tennessee senator, whose job it is to represent the people of Tennessee. He is hardly an outsider. The UAW and Barack Obama are the outside “carpetbaggers”. Also, how comical is it for unions to call out others for intimidation … the UAW and other unions are infamous for intimidation and thuggery.
During three days of voting, the UAW repeatedly complained of outsiders trying to influence and intimidate VW workers into voting against joining the union.
One specific complaint involves Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, a Republican, and vocal critic of the UAW.
During the vote, Corker said he had been told by people close to Volkswagen that the German automaker would not bring production of a new vehicle to Chattanooga if workers rejected the union offer.
What’s duck hunting without a gun?
Duck Commander and Mossberg have teamed up to launch its own line of guns for 2014. The gun line will have 12 types of guns that will feature 9 shotguns, a semi-automatic rifle and a semi-automatic pistol, what the gun phobia people referred to as “military style” weapons. Let’s go out on a limb and say, these are going to fly off the shelves. Let me rephrase that … this is going to be beyond HUGE!!!
The family-owned business at the center of the hit TV show “Duck Dynasty” has launched its own line of guns.
Mossberg says the Duck Commander guns will come in a “waterfowl pattern” camouflage design, though not all of them are intended for duck hunting. They also bear the Duck Commander logo, of a duck in flight.
The pistol and one of the rifles have military-style designs with large capacity magazines holding at least 25 rounds. The rifle has some of the features of an assault rifle, but with a relatively low .22 caliber.
Mossberg’s Web site says its .22-caliber pistol is “perfect for small game, plinking, target shooting — or clearing cottonmouths out of your duck blind.”
Mossberg’s Web site says the firearms will all come with an American flag bandana “like the one worn by Willie,” a character on the show.
North Haven, CT – O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc, America’s oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, has entered into a long-term agreement with the Robertson family and the hugely-popular Duck Commander franchise. Best-known as the stars of the top-rated reality TV series, Duck Dynasty, the Robertson clan lead by family patriarch, Phil, has expanded their Louisiana-based call-making company into a national phenomenon and A&E Television Networks™ most-
watched series. Terms of the multi-year agreement will include focus on the family’s passion of waterfowl hunting, promotion of the shooting sports and family values as well as a series of Mossberg “Duck Commander” firearms. (read the rest HERE)
Pearl Harbor Day 2013 … December 7th, 1941, a Date That Will forever Live in Infamy …
Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the day the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked the Empire of Japan and the United States would never be the same. It was innocence lost and Americans would strike back against their foreign aggressors. We remember those brave men and women that died that fateful day. However, that reprehensible, treacherous act unified a country and in fact awoke a sleeping giant that provided the resolve to win a war against the evil Axis.
God Bless the heroism of Our Greatest Generation!
Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces – with the unbounded determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.”
150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg’s Address: “this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln commemorated a Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, by vowing that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS, is one if not the greatest speeches ever from one of the United States greatest presidents ever. The key word there is “UNITED”. This is what leadership looks like and it is comical if not disrespectful to ever make comparisons to Lincoln and his accomplishments. Never has a US president ever resided over more troubling and divisive times in the United States, NEVER!
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this
continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the
proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that
nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to
dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who
here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether
fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate— we can not conse-
crate—we can not hallow— this ground. The brave men, living and
dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor
power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remem-
ber what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It
is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished
work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining
before us— that from these honored dead we take increased devotion
to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—
that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in
vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of free-
dom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the
people, shall not perish from the earth.
November 19. 1863.
And a small and irrelevant President Barack Obama does not show for the anniversary even though he used references to Lincoln during elections. Obama announced his candidacy in 2007 near Lincoln’s law office in Springfield, IL abd tried to tie himself to Abe. In the end, Obama was a no show. Some how Barack Obama can play 150 rounds of golf, but not show up on such an important anniversary of a president he claims to respect. Hmm, think it is because it would make Obama look even smaller than he already is? Did Obama really not go to this event because of the Healthcare.gov debacle?
But Obama, unlike his predecessors, stuck to his decision not to go to such an anniversary commemoration. His decision is doubly surprising because he has so often tied himself to his fellow Illinoisan Lincoln. Obama announced his candidacy in 2007 near Lincoln’s law office in Springfield, Ill. Both in 2009 and 2013, he took the oath of office with his hand on Lincoln’s Bible. And in 2009, he replicated Lincoln’s 1861 route from Philadelphia to Washington for the Inauguration.
“It didn’t work schedule-wise,” was the explanation tweeted Tuesday morning by Dan Pfeiffer, the president’s senior adviser. The schedule released by the White House showed the president at 10 a.m. in the Oval Office receiving his regular daily briefing. Then, at 10:45, he welcomed to the White House a group of senators to brief them on the latest developments in Iran. That briefing was not scheduled until Monday, well after the White House declined the Gettysburg invitation. Later in the day — after he would have been back from the planned ceremony at Gettysburg — he goes to the Four Seasons Hotel to address The Wall Street Journal CEO Council’s annual meeting and talk about the economy.
Kansas City Soccer Fans Turns a National Anthem Foul Up into an Amazing and ‘Chilling’ Moment of Patriotism
The following rendition of the United States National Anthem will bring chills, especially when you realize how it all came about. Fans come to the rescue and belt out the National Anthem that was a moving and powerful expression of patriotism.
During Friday’s Sporting KC Major League Soccer game, technical difficulties plagued what was supposed to be a performance by Dr. Cameron Smith. His moment to shine was thwarted by a faulty public address system and two misbehaving microphones. So that’s when the fans in Kansas City decided to step up and deliver a rousing rendition of the song themselves.
The result? As one person who caught it on video put it, “chilling.”
Senator Rubio (FL-R) Introduces Romney at Huge Rally in Pensacola, FL … Obama’s Ideas are “The Ideas Of Countries People Come Here To Get Away From”
File this one under, if the shoe fits Barack, wear it. Even Mitt Romney has taken up on our Obama’s ‘Lost in Smallness’ moniker.
Enormously popular US Senator Marco Rubio (FL-R) introduced Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Pensacola, FL today in front of a huge and enthusiastic crowd. During the introduction Rubio stated, Obama’s ideas are “the ideas of countries people come here [America] to get away from”. When Mitt Romney spoke to the throngs of adoring folks, he reminded them that Obama has become the incredible shrinking president with even smaller ideas.
Of course the liberal, in the tank for Obama media was quick to pounce and ask, what Rubio meant by that. I guess the MSM was going to call Rubio racist for his comments. No folks, individuals come to America because it represents the land of opportunity … not Obama’s vision of Socialism. Rubio reminded the propaganda wing of the Obama Administration by saying, this is hardly the first time I have made this comment.
On Mitt Romney’s campaign plane shortly after the rally, Rubio was asked what he meant by the comments.
“I’m talking about big government. I’m talking about countries where the government dominates the economy,” Rubio, whose parents left Cuba, replied, noting that “virtually every country in Latin America” was governed by the policies he was condemning.
Mitt Romney appears to be pulling away in Florida and the state won by Obama in 2008 is now going to go “red” in 2012.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez RNC … “Obama Built that 5 Trillion Dollar National Debt”, and Counting
Fantástico … A future superstar in the Republican Party, Say hello to Susana Martinez.
Susana Martinez, the Gov. of New Mexico did a phenomenal job last night at the Republican National Convention. Martinez, the first Hispanic, female governor elected to office in the United States wowed the crowd with her personal stories of being a security guard and owning a .357 magnum to her charming story of learning that she was a Republican. Gov. Susana Martinez went on to rip Obama during her speech for is false promises and epic failure that has been his presidency.
“Success is the American Dream. And that success is not something to be ashamed of, or to demonize.”
Full transcript can be read HERE.
Before I ran for District Attorney, two Republicans invited my husband and me to lunch. And I knew a party-switch was exactly what they wanted.
So, I told Chuck, we’ll be polite, enjoy a free lunch and then say goodbye.
But we talked about issues-they never used the words Republican, or Democrat, conservative or liberal.
We talked about many issues, like welfare – is it a way of life, or a hand-up?
Talked about the size of government — how much should it tax families and small businesses?
And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, “I’ll be damned, we’re Republicans.”
The American Spectator discusses parts of Martinez’ speech.
If he can take credit for government building small businesses, then he can accept responsibility for breaking his promise and adding 5 trillion dollars to the national debt.
Because he did build that.