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Pamphlet: Chattanooga...the Next Detroit?

Pamphlet: Chattanooga...the Next Detroit?

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Published by: jtavlas on Jun 24, 2013
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The once-great city of Detroit has seen its industry and economy decimated thanks to the United AutoWorkers union
 
Chattanooga
 the Next Detroit?
Photo by Becky Stern/sternlab.org
 
 
Did You Know…?
 
 
The United Auto Workers is trying tounionize the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant
 
The UAW is desperate; since 1979 itsmembership has declined by 74%, and it hasalready failed to organize other foreign-owned plants throughout the South
 
The Big Three Detroit auto companies haveshed over 200,000 jobs in the last 12 yearsalone, thanks in part to high labor costscaused by UAW unionization
 
In fact,
almost every job lost at U.S. carfactories in the last 30 years has occurred at aunionized company
” (
The UAW’s Last Stand,
 Reuters, 12/29/11)
 
Meanwhile, non-union plants, like VW, arecreating thousands of jobs in Tennessee andthroughout the South
Detroit’s is not the only economy the UAW has
left in ruins. Read the sad story of New Stanton,PA and its unionized VW plant NEXT
 
 
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Those supposedly high wageswere, of course, what the UAW had demanded and which helped makethe plant financially unsustainable
.” 
 
Union Invasion: UAW Targets Tennessee
Excerpted from the
Chattanooga Times-Free Press
05/18/13By Matt Patterson and Julia TavlasCitizens of Chattanooga should be aware that the UAW alreadysuccessfully organized a Volkswagen plant, and the results weredisastrous.In 1978 Volkswagen opened its Westmoreland Assembly Plantnear New Stanton, PA. The facility employed some 5,700workers, producing1.15 million vehiclesuntil it closed in1988. As the
NewYork Times
reportedin 1992:
“The one [foreign
-owned] plant that had U.A.W. representation,Volkswagen A.G.'s ill-fated plant in New Stanton, Pa., beganwith a strike and lurched from problem to problem beforeclosing..
.”
 The problems, including these recurring strikes, forced the plantto halt production on numerous occasions
 — 
within the first 20months of operation workers staged 6 walk-outs protesting for,among other things, higher wages. It was too much even for some of the workers. Ex-plant employee, Kenneth Cramer, Jr.was quoted in the
 Pittsburgh Tribune
saying that the UAW
agitations had left him with “a bad taste for unions.”
 Volkswagen, too, had a bad taste in their mouth after their Pennsylvania experience. This is one of the reasons why when itcame time to open another American facility 20 years later, the

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