Obama lashes out at Republicans on Vo...

Obama lashes out at Republicans on Volkswagen-union organizing fight

There are 74 comments on the Reuters story from Feb 14, 2014, titled Obama lashes out at Republicans on Volkswagen-union organizing fight. In it, Reuters reports that:

President Barack Obama on Friday waded into Washington's war of words over a union organizing election in Tennessee when he accused Republicans of trying to block labor's efforts at an auto plant in that state, according to a Democratic aide who heard the remarks.

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ObamaCare FUBAR

Medford, NY

#1 Feb 14, 2014
Who would expect anything else from a communist, er... excuse me, community organizer.
Cat74

Aurora, IL

#2 Feb 14, 2014
I see, the President can meddle, but not Republicans. Interesting how America has become, well he said we would get change.
foster

Ashburn, VA

#3 Feb 14, 2014
why are republicans infringing on workers constitutional rights to organize?
no protection for the free exercise of assembly by the gop for american workers say a lot for protecting Americans access to the supreme law of the land.
Cat74

Aurora, IL

#4 Feb 14, 2014
The Corporation should have the same right. The Unions threaten to maim, hurt, and I f necessary kill you if you try to vote against them. The Corporation should at least be able to tell their workers organize if you wish, but don't be intimidated. Not only are you threatened in Chicago if you don't join, they make you pay $2,000. up front to the head of the Chicago Unions for nothing. You are buying your way into the Union. It is all under the table.
Ohh Emm Gee

Webster, MA

#5 Feb 14, 2014
Double standard is double stupid Mr President.
foster

Ashburn, VA

#6 Feb 14, 2014
This is not corporations. Republican politicians are the tyrants in this case.

Republican congress are the hostile forces impeding a lawful expression of the peoples will. The US Constitutuion protects citizens against that very pratice
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#7 Feb 14, 2014
Cat74 wrote:
I see, the President can meddle, but not Republicans. Interesting how America has become, well he said we would get change.
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The Republican governors aren't meddling?

In Republican states they won't even allow free elections
Republican governors are now commissars.
Ohh Emm Gee

Webster, MA

#8 Feb 14, 2014
foster wrote:
This is not corporations. Republican politicians are the tyrants in this case.
Republican congress are the hostile forces impeding a lawful expression of the peoples will. The US Constitutuion protects citizens against that very pratice
Ahh yes, that same practice that has destroyed Detroit, GM, Chrysler, Public Education and not to mention the crushing debt huge pensions will squeeze just about every city into bankruptcy. but ya, the Repubs are to blame for democrats propping up Union fat cats for decades.

At one time, unions where a good thing. They prevented children from owrking crazy hours, improved worker condistions that at the time might as well have been slavery and introduced many safety laws. Those days are long gone and the unions (as seen by many votes to decline union support lately) are doing vastly more harm than good. How can anyone not see that? Unless of course you are one of those union "reps" who come around only once a yr when its time to renegotiate the contract in you Mercedes and $1000 suit bought and paid for the actual workers you supposedly represent.
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But lets not lets facts get in way of a blatantly biased political rant.
Cat74

Aurora, IL

#9 Feb 14, 2014
Last Time I checked Unions have their nose pretty deep In our election process. Workers take off election day to threaten you at the polls, wander the neighborhoods looking for voters to intimidate. Had one on my porch a couple elections ago. Told him if he didn't get off my porch I would let the dogs out. He must not like dogs/ He never came back
Ohh Emm Gee

Webster, MA

#10 Feb 14, 2014
Cat74 wrote:
Last Time I checked Unions have their nose pretty deep In our election process. Workers take off election day to threaten you at the polls, wander the neighborhoods looking for voters to intimidate. Had one on my porch a couple elections ago. Told him if he didn't get off my porch I would let the dogs out. He must not like dogs/ He never came back
BUT BUT BUT EVIL REPUBLICANS!!!!o!!n!e
Delbert

Virginia Beach, VA

#11 Feb 14, 2014
The US Constitution guarantees Americans the right to organize, or Assemble and to negotiate their labor rates.

The Republican politicians are impeding the basic exercise of the classic American right and,in doing so are acting like tyrants from the government destroying assess to fundamental American rights.

Pensions are part of workers compensation packages, if those organizations paid into employees accounts every payday after pay roll deductions none of those organizations would have financial troubles. Wages and pensions are not the issue, organizations misapproating employees withholdings and corporate greed is the problem.

It does not make fiscal sense to work for an employer long term if there is not secure pension wating on you once you hit 50 years old. That is a fools game.
Ohh Emm Gee wrote:
<quoted text>Ahh yes, that same practice that has destroyed Detroit, GM, Chrysler, Public Education and not to mention the crushing debt huge pensions will squeeze just about every city into bankruptcy. but ya, the Repubs are to blame for democrats propping up Union fat cats for decades.
At one time, unions where a good thing. They prevented children from owrking crazy hours, improved worker condistions that at the time might as well have been slavery and introduced many safety laws. Those days are long gone and the unions (as seen by many votes to decline union support lately) are doing vastly more harm than good. How can anyone not see that? Unless of course you are one of those union "reps" who come around only once a yr when its time to renegotiate the contract in you Mercedes and $1000 suit bought and paid for the actual workers you supposedly represent.
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But lets not lets facts get in way of a blatantly biased political rant.
conservative crapola

“Hicksville Hootenanny”

Since: Sep 13

Kornfield Kounty

#12 Feb 14, 2014
When vw plant employees were asked about corker's deceptive statements and his assumption that he could speak for them and lead them, prior to the vote, the plant workers said that when corker's name comes up, he's laughed about.

hahahahahahahahahahahaha
Cat74

Aurora, IL

#13 Feb 14, 2014
Awwww The vote was 712 against the Union, and, 626 for the Union. Tennessee is a right to work state. Unions are not well received there.

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Since: Dec 07

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#14 Feb 15, 2014
Ohh Emm Gee wrote:
<quoted text>Ahh yes, that same practice that has destroyed Detroit, GM, Chrysler, Public Education and not to mention the crushing debt huge pensions will squeeze just about every city into bankruptcy. but ya, the Repubs are to blame for democrats propping up Union fat cats for decades.
At one time, unions where a good thing. They prevented children from owrking crazy hours, improved worker condistions that at the time might as well have been slavery and introduced many safety laws. Those days are long gone and the unions (as seen by many votes to decline union support lately) are doing vastly more harm than good. How can anyone not see that? Unless of course you are one of those union "reps" who come around only once a yr when its time to renegotiate the contract in you Mercedes and $1000 suit bought and paid for the actual workers you supposedly represent.
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But lets not lets facts get in way of a blatantly biased political rant.
Right, Unions are to blame for Detroit and automakers woes and not mismanagement right? And ruining public education??? what are you talking about, Public education is good in America, so it's unions fault that Public education is good?

It's clear you don't like Unions but at least make some compelling points against it's use in America.

“To contract new debts...”

Since: Apr 08

is not the way to pay old ones

#16 Feb 15, 2014
Dajokerman wrote:
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Right, Unions are to blame for Detroit and automakers woes and not mismanagement right? And ruining public education??? what are you talking about, Public education is good in America, so it's unions fault that Public education is good?
It's clear you don't like Unions but at least make some compelling points against it's use in America.
Public Education is a joke in America, we're not even in the top 20 when compared to the rest of the world. In some places teachers can show up drunk and not be fired because of their union contracts. I work in education, private not public, and do know quite a few teachers and not one of them can say that they've ever seen a public school teacher fired because he/she sucked at their job.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/12/0...
angel

Boise, ID

#17 Feb 15, 2014
Gotta love Republican corporate management bootlickers.

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Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#20 Feb 15, 2014
Hunglo wrote:
<quoted text>Public Education is a joke in America, we're not even in the top 20 when compared to the rest of the world.
And yet public schools are graduating students at the highest level in nearly 40 years

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2...

while another study proves that contrary to popular belief private schools aren't better than public schools, and neither are charter schools.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/12/15/p...

Taken the facts presented as the current state of public education in America be on par or flat out out performing both private and charter schools, along with the high graduation rates, it only stands to reason that public schools are preforming well as I have stated.

Doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement as you stated with our standing in world rankings. But to say that public schools aren't preforming is clearly false in this case it is the "market" alternative that is failing and much to the disappointment of paying parents I am sure.

“To contract new debts...”

Since: Apr 08

is not the way to pay old ones

#21 Feb 15, 2014
Dajokerman wrote:
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And yet public schools are graduating students at the highest level in nearly 40 years
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2...
while another study proves that contrary to popular belief private schools aren't better than public schools, and neither are charter schools.
http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/12/15/p...
Taken the facts presented as the current state of public education in America be on par or flat out out performing both private and charter schools, along with the high graduation rates, it only stands to reason that public schools are preforming well as I have stated.
Doesn't mean there isn't room for improvement as you stated with our standing in world rankings. But to say that public schools aren't preforming is clearly false in this case it is the "market" alternative that is failing and much to the disappointment of paying parents I am sure.
Graduating students who can't read is not success. I teach at a for profit trade school and I see students who enroll in my class that read and write at maybe the 6th grade level yet they are high school graduates. Much of the problem with education in this country is how students are being taught. The vast majority of schools are using the same teaching techniques that have been used for centuries. Today's students are different than those of 1850 yet they are taught in the same way. Teachers unions protect those teachers who settle into the same old routines and do little more than go through the motions everyday.

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Since: Dec 07

Location hidden

#22 Feb 15, 2014
Hunglo wrote:
<quoted text>
Graduating students who can't read is not success. I teach at a for profit trade school and I see students who enroll in my class that read and write at maybe the 6th grade level yet they are high school graduates. Much of the problem with education in this country is how students are being taught. The vast majority of schools are using the same teaching techniques that have been used for centuries. Today's students are different than those of 1850 yet they are taught in the same way. Teachers unions protect those teachers who settle into the same old routines and do little more than go through the motions everyday.
Even if what you are suggesting is true in regards to high school graduates unable to preform above the 6th grade reading level, how do you explain the test scores of public school children on par or out preforming private schools and flat out beating charter school students?

Given the data presented, it stands to reason if test scores are the measurement of performance of how well a school system works, Public schools are the clear winner. If parents can get the same education for their children without having to pay thousands of dollars a year to send them to a private school or charter school, then the chose is clear.

You can debate on what amount of teachers at schools are "lazy" if any at all, and how much their unions protect them.. But you can not deny the simple data that public school students are preforming well.

What I feel is much more shocking is how paying parents aren't upset that their money isn't buying the results that they are paying for.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/12/15/p...
Cat74

Naperville, IL

#23 Feb 15, 2014
Looks like Sen Corker knows what he is doing. Why do you think VW went down south instead of say, Detroit, or Chicago? It is called freedom. Freedom to disperse their jobs as they see fit, not have union "brothers" cover for the drunks. Why do you think when people buy a POS American made car they know it was made on Monday morning? We aren't stupid. No one in my family had a foreign made car before 1990. Now 3 generations have VWs. No, the Senator saw what happened in Detroit, and he won't let it happen in Tennessee.

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