"Not only can you [defeat unions], but if you don't you're a weenie" - Grover Norquist

Emboldened by the defeat of the United Auto Worker's attempt to organize a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, TN last week, right-wing, anti-union forces are set to go on the offensive to prevent unionization attempts at auto factories in the southern United States.

According to Reuters, the Center for Worker Freedom, an affiliate of Republican lobbyist Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, has been pushing an agenda on factory workers that tied the unions to President Barack Obama and the Democratic party.

"Not only can you [defeat unions], but if you don't you're a weenie," Norquist (above) said in a phone interview with Reuters. In the case of Chattanooga, the strategy was clear. The UAW's confidence in winning a majority of the factory "meant we had to raise doubts as to what this is all about," Norquist said. "Hence the focus on the challenges with the UAW, with their political view; with how left-wing they are; how they give money to everybody who wants to steal your guns and do crazy things with your resources; how they treat you with contempt and how they'd destroy the city." According to Norquist, that same angle is set to be used if the UAW attempts any other unionization efforts in southern, non-union facilities.

Meanwhile, opposition to unions following the Chattanooga vote hasn't been limited to lobbyists. Nikki Haley, the Republican governor of South Carolina, has gone so far as to tell companies that use union labor not to invest in the state, which strikes us as a decidedly short-sighted move in a still-fragile economy.

"We discourage any companies that have unions from wanting to come to South Carolina because we don't want to taint the water," Haley said, according to Automotive News. "You've heard me say many times I wear heels. It's not for a fashion statement. It's because we're kicking them every day, and we'll continue to kick them."


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      Radioactive Flea
      • 10 Months Ago
      I don't think people are anti union persay, just anti U.A.W. Perhaps this VW plant should form their own union, seprate from the U.A.W. They give unions a bad name.
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        I agree. I'm pro Union only if it benefits the employee but I hate UAW. I'm all for a European model and Mercedes, BMW, VW AG all seem to be doing fine with them.
      pghcc2007
      • 10 Months Ago
      Are Hayley's and Norquist's tactics heavy handed?, yes but I don't care. The left must be defeated lest we suffer the same gradual weakening in terms of wealth, culture and power that Western Europe as a whole and the former British Empire in particular endured. The left is the enemy and modern American politics is war. You compromise, you lose. I want them defeated by any means necessary, hook, crook, lawsuits, and intimidation and hypocrisy if need be. Undermine their supporters, block everything resembling a new regulation, stonewall judges, make sure 12 million undocumented democrats never get the ability to vote and hamper the ability of their supporters to do so as well. The unions and their allies have shown no mercy over the past 80 years (and the last 40 in particular) in their quest to destroy everything good about the nation and its culture and those on my side should return the favor 10 fold.
        Terry Actill
        • 10 Months Ago
        @pghcc2007
        You sound pretty pathetic. I'd check under your bed first.
        Jan Calloway
        • 10 Months Ago
        @pghcc2007
        You really should have people around you read what you wrote, if there are people around you. If you don't maybe you should reread it but instead of from your point of view try it from the point of say a policeman, a preacher or one of any of our founding fathers. Do you seriously believe anyone who believe in equality, morals, fairness, honor, and his fellow man would have the same train of thought as this?
        Daniel D
        • 10 Months Ago
        @pghcc2007
        If you don't care then you dont care about democracy.
        design eye
        • 10 Months Ago
        @pghcc2007
        I was chuckling at your parody of the tea party mentality, until you exposed yourself as serious! OMG, now I'm really laughing AT you!
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 10 Months Ago
      Grover Norquist is a scum bag who shills for the rich at the expense of the poor.
        Ron
        • 10 Months Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        Well said Kaiser. Cut from the same mold as that POS Carl Rove. Wonder if all these nut cases come from the same planet??
        ngiotta
        • 10 Months Ago
        @KaiserWilhelm
        He's an extremist. Like extremists on either side, it's best just to ignore their verbal diarrhea.
      ragtopdodge
      • 10 Months Ago
      I know, let's get rid of unions permanently. We want to work for $0.50/hour, no OT, no benefits, child labor, and dangerous working conditions. A DREAM for Republicans!
        design eye
        • 10 Months Ago
        @ragtopdodge
        Actually the real republican dream is slavery..think about it. I'm sure they have!
        The_Zachalope
        • 10 Months Ago
        @ragtopdodge
        Things must absolutely suck for the 88% of the US workforce who don't belong to a union.
        AcidTonic
        • 10 Months Ago
        @ragtopdodge
        Point taken, we don't want to live in dungeons under the building.... But we also don't want to have all the waste that they cause. When someone can't plug in their phone or computer because a union guy has to be called, it's going too far. That was how it was at Ford in the IT Non-Union buildings. We couldn't accidentally do anything a union guy might do or the company would have to pay them 8 hours wages as a penalty. Things off limits included.... Moving your overhead bin in your cubicle so the big CRT monitor could fit on the desk. Helping a co-worker wheel a file-cabinet to another desk. Also as a skilled software developer who is mostly self taught, unions would force certain college/certification requirements that would ban me from joining.... Even though I've been in the industry for years. So for me unions are needed but also like big business they need regulations to keep from causing insanity like what I saw at non-union buildings in Ford.
      Teleny411
      • 10 Months Ago
      Great. Why don't the Republicans overturn the 13th Amendment & make non-race based slavery legal. That would make the Right wing fascist tea Baggers extremely happy.
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Teleny411
        The unions represent less than 12% of the work force with most of that being government employees. You might also want to learn to use words like fascist correctly.
      FutureDoc
      • 10 Months Ago
      Got to love it when Government/politicians steps in and blocks the desires of a company to unionize in a free market economy. Mrs. Haley, as a Clemson Alum I can forgive you but you must let individuals have the freedom to peacefully assemble... aka the first amendment. Kinda count unions as a first amendment right. You don't HAVE to join a union but then again, you can prohibit it. It is called freedom and it cuts both ways.
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 10 Months Ago
        @FutureDoc
        To Republicans it should only work when they want it to. The government should intervene unless it's to their benefit.
        FutureDoc
        • 10 Months Ago
        @FutureDoc
        *** you can't prohibit it.
        Pj Taintz
        • 10 Months Ago
        @FutureDoc
        gotta love it when the union steps in and tries to tell the workers that their vote doesnt matter and they know whats best instead of the workers they claim to care about
      richard
      • 10 Months Ago
      Norquist, Haley, Corker, etc. all typical Republicans, no surprises here. Use taxpayers money and wage suppression to lure foreign automakers to the south. Then in their non-union race to the bottom, they have the nerve to bash Detroit, the city that showed the way for the middle-class in America.These Koch bros. sponsored politicians must get a good laugh when working class people (who should know better), support them.
      waetherman
      • 10 Months Ago
      If the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist, then the greatest trick the Republican Party ever pulled was convincing the working class that somehow unions were bad for them.
        Neez
        • 10 Months Ago
        @waetherman
        tell that to the people in detroit.
          VL00
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Neez
          Ha, nice try at making some kind of connection. Maybe it has something to do with NAFTA instead
          VL00
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Neez
          580,000 Mexican auto workers an climbing http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-autos-mexico-20140222,0,6307648.story Do you have any idea what NAFTA is??
      churchmotor
      • 10 Months Ago
      Time to kick these Yankee carpetbagging scum back up North.
      J.A. Smith
      • 10 Months Ago
      The anti-union South is by far the poorest region of the country. Coincidence? Southerners point to Detroit and say, "Look what the union did". But take a look at yourselves. You're far worse off than Detroit. The median household income in Mississippi, for example, is $36k, which is laughable. The only Southern state richer than Michigan is Georgia, and they're neck and neck. But from the bottom up, the poorest States in the Union are -- Mississippi, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, New Mexico, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Idaho, North Carolina, Montana, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, Michigan and Georgia. So much for the "right-to-work". Perhaps they should call it the "right-to-work for peanuts"?
        thedriveatfive
        • 10 Months Ago
        @J.A. Smith
        More to do with the punishment they took economically 150+ years ago , no one just comes back from that
          design eye
          • 10 Months Ago
          @thedriveatfive
          Are you serious? Look at Georgia for God's sake! All it takes is leadership and education.
      BillA88205
      • 10 Months Ago
      And crushing the ability of a large group of workers to bargain for better wages, benefits, health care and a decent retirement is a good thing? Labor unions have always set the standard for wages and have given countless millions in the workforce an avenue to escape poverty. At no time have labor unions and associations decreased the standard of living for the worker, however, the absence of them has only improved the capital stockpile for the top 1%. Without the Union, I would never have had the lifestyle I had during my 43-year working career or send my son to college or have the dignity of a retirement.
        Cool Disco Dan
        • 10 Months Ago
        @BillA88205
        The unions have not always set the standard for wages. If you believe you couldn't acheive with out the union it only makes you look like a lazy bum that couldn't get ahead of the merrit of his work like the 90% of other people who aren't in unions.
        edward.stallings
        • 10 Months Ago
        @BillA88205
        When unions kill profitability, they kill the company. Unions have been the demise of many companies. They often create an artificial and unsustainable situation where some workers get great pay for a while, but they often kill the viability of the company in the long run. Look at Detroit. There where a lot of good jobs - for a while.
          William Flesher
          • 10 Months Ago
          @edward.stallings
          No wonder the heavily unionized auto industries in Germany and Japan are so unprofitable! Oh wait... they ARE highly profitable! Like any business, the auto industry prospers with effective management and popular products.
        Rob
        • 10 Months Ago
        @BillA88205
        They have jobs, and thus are in better shape than they were, that they and their families would eventually all lose if unions come around. Read a history book lately?
      rcavaretti
      • 10 Months Ago
      The Germans will not build another plant there, ever. That is a lost investment opportunity for the state, and it's people.
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