Haslam has been clucking about the potential for a union vote in Chattanooga since September, but VW officials don’t seem nearly as alarmed…and for good reason.
VW has a long history of working with unions rather than in opposition to them. Unions are the norm in Germany. The German “works councils” work together with managers to come up with ways to become more efficient and train workers in that new efficiency.
But for some reason, Gov. Haslam is terrified of the model VW has used all over the world coming to Tennessee.
It will “have some ramifications” and “dampen enthusiasm” Haslam has said. But is there any proof of that? We’re talking about one plant in one city where the company itself is not only NOT resisting the vote, but embracing it! Heck, the only enthusiasm for jobs in the state have been when they’ve involved scads of taxpayers dollars for low pay jobs or trying to give state buildings away.
And why is the Governor inserting himself in the way a business wants to conduct business? I mean, can’t they do what they think is best for them? Why is the Governor using his office to interfere with business?
The whining and crying from the Governor’s office has continued on, unabated since the fall…when charges arose that the Governor offered incentives for VW to reject the vote. Haslam denies these charges, but will not release any information about the discussions.
Still, he’s concern trolling the vote…a democratic vote of the workers at the plant to decide…as they have a right to do, if they will participate.
What makes it even more mystifying is that the vote doesn’t change anything about “right to work” rules in the state or guarantee employment.
Why does the Governor have such a big problem with the democratic process?