Letter: GOP vs. VW

February 20, 2014 

Volkswagen wanted to establish "work councils" at their Chattanooga, Tenn., plant to increase efficiency and productivity. This is the way they work in Germany and the way they want to do business in the U.S. To do this, a union needed to be formed. The United Auto Workers, exercising their right under U.S. law, began to discuss forming a union with the workers.

Many American companies would immediately obstruct such efforts, using threats, intimidation and firings of their workers. However, VW wanted the union; they did not obstruct unionization efforts.

That's where Tennessee Republicans got involved, threatening VW with blocking any future state tax incentives for expansion of manufacturing capacity. The target was the workers. Vote union, lose jobs.

Republicans want jobs they say, but apparently not union jobs. Politicians sabotaged the unionization efforts. This is a disservice to the taxpayers and corporations of the State of Tennessee. These threats interfere with how companies go about their business. Only Democrats do that! Right?

Republicans say that they support a business's ability to make its own decisions without "big government" interference. Here, they were "big government," preventing VW from running their business.

What's the word for this?

RICHARD REUTHER, Richland

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