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The right's campaign against unions never stops. After the UAW's narrow defeat in a union election at a Tennessee Volkswagen plant, a group that placed anti-union billboards around the area is ready to move on to where it thinks the next fight might be:
The Center for Worker Freedom, which is linked to anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist, plans to renew its battle against the UAW at plants in Alabama and Mississippi where the union wants to organize.

“Those are likely the next big ones for the UAW,” said Matt Patterson, executive director of the center. “We'll be there.” [...]

The center, created under the umbrella of Norquist's anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform, used billboards and 30-second radio spots across the region to criticize the UAW effort and blame the union for the fiscal woes in Detroit, the struggling hub of the U.S. auto industry.

It's questionable whether the group's efforts in Chattanooga made the difference; threats to jobs from area politicians seem likely to have played a bigger role. But it's not really about any one organizing drive for these people. It's about spreading anti-union messaging everywhere, so that when an actual union campaign does come up, the Right's message is already embedded in people's brains. And when you have Norquist's endless money, why not just put up billboards everywhere there's an auto plant?

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 08:14 AM PST.

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  •  Comrade Norquist, Muppet Master (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron
    The Center for Worker Freedom, which is linked to anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist, plans to renew its battle against the UAW at plants in Alabama and Mississippi where the union wants to organize.
    "Political language . . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."
    (George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language," 1946)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 08:26:03 AM PST

  •  What does Norquist's group have to do with unions? (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    Is his intent to depress wages and with it the amount of taxes paid?

    "Remember, Republican economic policies quadrupled the debt before I took office and doubled it after I left. We simply can't afford to double-down on trickle-down." Bill Clinton

    by irate on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:43:47 AM PST

    •  The fact that those vehemently for tax "reform" (0+ / 0-)

      are probably as vehemently against organized labor -- and just as likely to send him money in support of that cause as well.

      Related: Con. Grift. Rubes. Suckers.

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      by here4tehbeer on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 06:49:22 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  The fight is no longer about taxes (1+ / 0-)
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      JDPITALIA

      I think the shift from a rabid and pure anti-tax group (a fiction mind you) is telling.  Because taxing the rich, is a new and very popular fight, one he cannot win as he did against estate taxes (for those who are takers of money without the dignity of work) back in the day.  

      He should be all over DeBlasio for the heresy of proposing to latte tax the rich to pay for pre-school education, that should be his sole focus.  But he's down in the South fighting unionization instead.

      Norquist is a formidable foe.  He's clever and has an ad man's sense when it comes to rebranding a bag of dogshit (estate tax) and turning it into a bag of apple pie (death tax).  But the sands have shifted and he's on less secure grounds.  We can win this one against him.

      "Out of Many, One Nation." This is the great promise of the United States of America -9.75 -6.87

      by Uncle Moji on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 05:42:43 AM PST

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  •  Workers actually having some measure... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...of control over their working conditions: bad.

    Workers having no control over their working conditions: good.  

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 10:13:35 AM PST

  •  Of course, our party isn't above going to that (0+ / 0-)

    well now and then itself.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 11:24:49 AM PST

  •  They build on their victories (0+ / 0-)

    Unlike the Democrats. And Obama. Who merely tread water, make excuses and FAIL on a weekly basis to address the worst needs of our nation and people.

    Fuck all.

    "I feel a lot safer already."--Emil Sitka

    by DaddyO on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 05:48:45 PM PST

  •  Who signed an anti-union pledge? n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Dirtandiron

    "Life is short, but long enough to get what's coming to you." --John Alton

    by Palafox on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 05:57:32 PM PST

  •  I'm wondering when we are going to see (3+ / 0-)
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    billboards saying:

    Welcome to North Carolina, a Right to Work for Less State.
    Substitute any right to work for less state with Tennessee, or South Carolina, or your own.  There should be some fighting back.  There is too much damage being done to these state's economies and to their workers financial well being to let this pass.  

    Corker's, and Haley's signals to Unions that they are not welcome in their states could backfire big time.

  •  Grubby little fucker never did (7+ / 0-)

    an honest day's work in his worthless life.
    Maggot.

    "He went to Harvard, not Hogwarts." ~Wanda Sykes
    Teh Twitterz, I'z awn dem.
    Blessinz of teh Ceiling Cat be apwn yu, srsly.

    by OleHippieChick on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 06:12:55 PM PST

  •  After the complete destruction of (2+ / 0-)
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    raincrow, Chico David RN

    the middle class, I am wondering where Grover and his ilk propose they live?  Where?  I mean, we know that a society devolves when the middle class desolves, so where is it that they plan to live when that happens? Where will they be safe?  Do these people ever think about that?

    1. What does it mean? 2. And then what?

    by alwaysquestion on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 06:15:27 PM PST

  •  Grover Norquist.... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...another right wing piece of shit hell bent on destroying the USA while wrapped in the flag.

    The fires of hell, should they exist, are not hot enough for fuckheads like him.

    ======================================================== Those who can, teach. Those who can't teach, make rules about teaching.

    by oxfdblue on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 06:19:36 PM PST

  •  Is There Some Reason (1+ / 0-)
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    That anyone gives a shit what this insignificant little man thinks? He's a dinosaur.

  •  UAW Chattanooga (0+ / 0-)

    The hell with the dumb hicks in Chattanooga.  Its a secret ballot and if they are too dumb/afraid to vote in their best interest, so be it.  

    I  supported my Union for years and am still a retired member.  If those people want to bend over and take it, I won't cry for them

  •  I don't get Tennessee workers' aversiveness (3+ / 0-)
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    alwaysquestion, 6412093, JDPITALIA

    to unions, and how so many allowed themselves to be talked out of voting in the UAW. Chatt is the home of TVA, and trades and labor in the entire 7-state TVA system are unionized. The GM plant at Spring Hill is UAW, and many of the suppliers around it are unionized as well. Trades and labor at Oak Ridge National Lab are unionized. The state's teachers are unionized. The Intl Assoc of Firefighters has 43 locals in TN. The AFSCME, UCW-CWA, and SEIU are here.

    So it's not as though Tennessee workers have never seen a union.

    Sigh.

    Fight them to the end, until the children of the poor eat better than the dogs of the rich.

    by raincrow on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 06:31:32 PM PST

  •  He's determined (1+ / 0-)
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    to shrink the middle class, til it's small enough to drown in a bath tub

  •  I have one suggestion for Mr. Norquist: (1+ / 0-)
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    JDPITALIA

    either grow a beard, or shave.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 06:33:11 PM PST

  •  Don't rule out the UAW yet in Chattanooga (1+ / 0-)
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    Within the next three months, I predict we will see UAW in the Volkswagen plant forming a Works Council.

    Bob Corker and Grover Norquist will be standing there looking like fools wondering how it happened... but it will happen.

    The last time I made a prediction, it was that Howard Dean would be tapped for Chairman of the DNC. Two months after I said it, Dean was in charge and the Dems wiped the floor with the GOP for two election cycles.

    Trust me on this one... The VW plant in Chattanooga WILL have a union and it will be UAW. You heard it hear first.

  •  Volkswagen need relocate to the north. (0+ / 0-)

    The German workers need to fear American businessmen. They will make you poorer soon. Never thought I would ever say that.

  •  busy little asshole, isn't he? let's hope the car (0+ / 0-)

    companies decide they don't like his interference in their business & he gets the blame when they close down their factories b/c of it.

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. ~ J.K. Galbraith

    by bluezen on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 06:59:33 PM PST

  •  rw radio's been great at setting the table for (0+ / 0-)

    the last 25 years

    It's about spreading anti-union messaging everywhere, so that when an actual union campaign does come up, the Right's message is already embedded in people's brains.
    if unions want good places to picket they only need to wander over to any of the rw radio stations that have been crapping on them.

    that would send a message via the source

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 07:01:27 PM PST

  •  The same Grover Norquist adored by Libs (0+ / 0-)

    I remember when Liberal queen Jane Hamsher joined forces with Norquist to try to destroy the ACA: http://www.motherjones.com/....

    Yup, that's the same ACA that DK now defends.

  •  Don't believe for a second that VW will not ..... (0+ / 0-)

    look elsewhere for another plant to manufacture it's next vehicle, as it will not be in the South.  They may even look to another country like Mexico.  

    A warm "thanks for nothing" goes out to the 42 asshats that took the South back years when it came to fair labor practices and Unionization in all of the Southern states, and not just in TN.  

    Amazing.. 42 ignorant scared jerks (maybe even paid off), and the damage they have done to thousands of working men and women..

    "When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy...." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 07:12:49 PM PST

    •  They have indicated that they're pretty much done (0+ / 0-)

      with the south.

      They're welcome to come out here to California where we "socialist takers" have plenty of educated, skilled people who want jobs and aren't as anti-union. We also don't have a "culture" or a "legacy" to support as does the south... specifically, slave labor under lousy, dangerous conditions with no education. Building vehicles requires somewhat different skillsets than bailing cotton; the Germans know this and probably regret falling prey to the tax breaks that the neocon politicians gave them.

  •  I suppose no one in TN gets the irony (0+ / 0-)

    that most of the reason Detroit hit such a rough patch is because the "job creators" moved their factories from places like Detroit to places like Chattanooga.  

    The owners made the decision, they profited from the decision... but it wasn't their fault, you see.  It was the unions, ma! Swear to God!

    Nobody deserves poverty.

    by nominalize on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 11:58:26 PM PST

  •  "The Center for Worker Freedom" (0+ / 0-)

    You can guarantee that any GOP-linked bill, policy, initiative, or think-tank has a name that is completely the opposite of the purpose of the bill, policy, etc.

    The Center for Worker Freedom = anti-union
    Right-to-Work = anti-worker
    Clean Skies Initiative = permission to pollute without reprecussion

    And anything labeled "Freedom" = freedom to hurt as many people and as much of the planet as you wish in the pursuit of profits.

    (aka NobleExperiments). ‎"Those who make a peaceful revolution impossible make a violent revolution inevitable" ~ John F. Kennedy

    by smrichmond on Fri Feb 21, 2014 at 01:59:14 PM PST

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