Target: Governor Haslam of Tennessee
Goal: Prevent Republican politicians from interfering with worker unionization
A recently failed attempt to unionize workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee has been attributed to interference by local Republican leaders. The vote to join the United Auto Workers Union was narrowly defeated after Republican politicians threatened that unionization would lead to cuts in state subsidies. The political pressure and scare tactics used by Republican politicians such as Governor Bill Haslam and Senator Bob Corker to influence this union vote should be considered a type of extortion. We should demand that these Republican politicians quit their union busting tactics.
The decline in union membership over the past few decades has led to a decrease in workers’ wages and a rise in social inequality. This is why corporations such as Walmart seek to prevent their workers from forming unions. Almost all Volkswagen plants both nationally and internationally are unionized and the workers at these plants enjoy higher wages than those at non-unionized plants. Workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee would likely have chosen to join the UAW had it not been for the scare tactics employed by local Republican politicians.
It is an abuse of power when elected officials such as Governor Haslam and Senator Corker attempt to directly influence union votes, as was the case in Tennessee. By threatening to cut state subsidies if workers unionize, they engaged in thinly veiled extortion against those workers. Workers should be allowed to decide for themselves whether or not to unionize. Please sign this petition and demand the politicians such as Governor Haslam stop using their authority to bust unions.
Dear Governor Haslam,
Workers in the United States are guaranteed the right to unionize by law. It is an abuse of power when politicians such as you use their authority to scare workers out of unionizing. Your threat to cut state subsidies if workers choose to unionize is a form of extortion. You interfered with the union vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga and scared the workers into voting against their best interests.
As Governor of Tennessee you should be doing your best to improve the lives of workers in your state. By coercing them out of unionizing, you prevented them from obtaining better wages and collective bargaining rights. Rather than assisting the citizens of your state in achieving a better living, you prevented it. You should be ashamed of your role in preventing these workers from unionizing
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