Tonight, we remember two patriots dedicated to the service of our nation. One was a young Marine on his first tour of duty; and, the other an Airman with the Air National Guard, who had multiple tours of duty.
Last Friday, Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga voted against having UAW represent them. This was a shock to many because initially the workers supported it. By Friday, Sen. Bob Corker, State Sen. Bo Watson and Rep. Gerald McCormick's threats and intimidation caused the workers to worry they might be responsible for shutting the plant down or not having it expand by manufacturing the new SUV.
Corker was smug and gleeful. After the vote, he told the Media:
“Needless to say, I am thrilled for the employees at Volkswagen and for our community and its future.”Corker may be thrilled, but VW and many others are disappointed by his interference and fear-mongering. From Reuters: VW workers may block southern US deals, if no unions
"I can imagine fairly well that another VW factory in the United States, provided that one more should still be set up there, does not necessarily have to be assigned to the south again," said Bernd Osterloh, head of VW's works council.Osterloh added:
"If co-determination isn't guaranteed in the first place, we as workers will hardly be able to vote in favor" of potentially building another plant in the U.S. south, Osterloh, who is also on VW's supervisory board, said.
"The conservatives stirred up massive, anti-union sentiments," Osterloh said. "It's possible that the conclusion will be drawn that this interference amounted to unfair labor praxis."Heckuva job, Corkey! Your interference will cost Chattanooga in terms of jobs, plus all the incentives given to bring VW here. Sen. Corker it is YOU that is the laughingstock of the world.
"There is no connection between our Chattanooga employees' decision about whether to be represented by a union and the decision about where to build a new product for the U.S. market," said Frank Fischer, CEO and chairman of Volkswagen Chattanooga in a statement early Thursday.At this moment, workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga are voting to determine if they want to want unionize. In spite of a significant snow storm, the election is taking place from February 12th to the 14th.
Anti-union groups have gone into full assault mode to stop the workers from voting in the UAW. The TNGOP and third parties continue to threaten and insult Volkswagen workers in order to prevent the workers from organizing.
On Wednesday, Republican Senator Bob Corker told reporters:
“I’ve had conversations today and based on those am assured that should the workers vote against the UAW, Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new mid-size SUV here in Chattanooga.”
Tonight, we remember a well-loved Marine from Abington, Mass. He was known as "the life of the Party and life of the town." He served one tour of duty in Iraq and was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, when he was killed by an ambush, as he exited a Humvee.
Tonight, we remember a dedicated and true patriot. He was an engineer and a special forces soldier, who proudly served his country. Since 2001, there have been 2290 American troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom. Since 2010, there have been 66 casualties in Operation New Dawn.
Tonight, we remember a loyal husband, father and soldier. Since 2001, there have been 2285 American troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom. Since 2010, there have been 66 casualties in Operation New Dawn.
Tonight, we remember a highly decorated Green Beret soldier killed on base by enemy fire. He was a husband and father to three sons.
"The character of a nation can be measured by the way that nation treats its Veterans." by anonymous.Tonight, we remember a 19 year old Marine from Milwaukee. He graduated top in physical fitness from Marine Boot Camp and served as an intelligence specialist assigned to the Combat Logistics Regiment 2 and Marine Logistics. He died in Helmand Province, Afghanistan from non-hostile causes.
Tonight we remember three soldiers killed in Afghanistan. One was a father to a one year old son, one had a rough childhood and was a bone cancer survivor and one came from hardworking parents and excelled in school and the Army to become a Staff Sergeant by age 26. All three are greatly missed by their family, their community and our nation.
Not surprised at all about this one.
Congressman Chuck Fleischmann released a post card to President Obama ahead of his trip to the Chattanooga area on Tuesday. The postcard was supposed to insult the President; instead, it showed the character of the Tea Party by misspelling words. Not willing to take responsibility for his action, the Congressman's communications director took the blame for the error filled missive. Not only does Fleischmann not do anything while in Congress, but he's too lazy to write and edit his own postcards, too.
The short postcard misspelled words and made up new ones. The card and story are here at Rep. Fleischmann's postcard runs afoul of spelling standards.
Welcome to beautiful Chattanooga. We appreciate you are in town, celebriting the businesses that have come to Tennessee thanks to our low regulation, low taxes, and right to work policies. While here, I invite you to visist a few historical natural attractions like Ruby Falls, a true Chattanooga treasure. However, Obamacare is making it difficult to maintain or grow businesses of this size. Even though Tennessee's strong leadership has put us in a better position than most we're not immune to the burdens this policy is placing on Americans across the country.
There was also a misspelling of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by writing 1600 Pensylvannia Avenue.Sure wish Representative Fleischmann cared about education. As the story pointed out:
Fewer than half of Hamilton County students in grades 3 through 8 can read at their grade level, according to standardized test results.
Tonight, we remember a 101st Airborne Soldier from New York. His school and friends remember him as a great athlete, gentle giant and all around nice guy.
We can all breath a sigh of relief that this tree didn't cause a meltdown, only a shut down of the reactors.
Tennessee Valley Authority spokeswoman Gail Rymer says automatic shutdown procedures began at the Watts Bar plant when the electrical fault was detected on Friday afternoon.P.S. Don't blame Obama. It isn't his fault.
Rymer says a homeowner cut down the tree that fell onto a 500 kilovolt transmission line close to the plant located near Spring City, about 55 miles southwest of Knoxville. All six reactors were back online by Sunday afternoon.
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