I can think of many great attractions in Chattanooga, TN. You can stay in the famous Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel. If you climb to the top of Rock City you can see seven states; and if you are a fan of art and jellyfish, the Tennessee Aquarium has the perfect exhibits for you.
However, of all the wonderful reasons to visit the beautiful City of Chattanooga, putting pressure on one of the most successful auto manufacturers to include an organization that has a track record of bankrupting its hosts should not be one of them. Yet, President Obama on Tuesday will be doing just that.
Under the cover of President Obama’s campaign to sell his budget, I can assure you it is no coincidence that his visit is occurring at the same time Volkswagen is being pressured to accept the UAW into its Chattanooga factory.
The United Auto Workers have tried every other option at this point including calling in a favor with the union that resides in Volkswagen’s home plant in Germany. Originally, IG Metall, the dominant metalworkers’ union in Germany, was reserved when it came to getting involved in the UAW’s plans. However, something changed recently in the dynamic which led to the IG Metall’s Chairman Berthold Huber addressing a letter to the VW workers encouraging them to welcome the UAW into their workplace. This endorsement as well as an aggressive PR campaign including billboards, advertisements and other marketing materials have increasingly become more prominent not only in Chattanooga but as well as throughout the entire state of Tennessee.
But it doesn’t look like the UAW’s normal campaign of propaganda seems to be succeeding; therefore, it’s time to call in the big dog himself and hope their investment of $148,967 into the reelection of President Obama does the trick.
However, didn’t the UAW and President Obama do their research enough to realize that Tennessee is a Right to Work State governed predominantly by Republican officials? With only Oklahoma and South Carolina bleeding a deeper red then Tennessee, wouldn’t they realize the people of Tennessee are intelligent enough not to want the economic doom of GM, Chrysler, and Ford to fall on the factory which has brought more then 3,350 jobs to the Volunteer State?