Labor Fray

  • Aired:  02/18/14
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Senator Bob Corker ignores the economic advice of free-market champions Ted Cruz and Bob Corker. (4:37)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: YOU KNOW, WE'VE HAD A

PROUD TRADITION -- WE'VE GOT APROUD TRADITION IN AMERICA OF

DEFENDING THE UNION LABELS

ESPECIALLY AGAINST FOREIGNPRODUCTS OR FOREIGN.

WHAT IF FERNERS WANT TOMAKE PRODUCTS IN AMERICA.

>> VOLKSWAGEN EMPLOYEES INCHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE VOTED

AGAINST JOINING THE UAW LASTWEEK.

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE FIRST INTHE SOUTH TO BE ORGANIZED BY THE

UNION.

>> Jon: FIRST IN THE SOUTH RUNBY HUMANS OBVIOUSLY.

THE KEEBLER ELVES HAVE BEENUNIONIZED SINCE THE 1920S.

WE ALL REMEMBER HOW VIOLENT THATSTRUGGLE GOT.

THAT ELF IS TEN TIMES BIGGERTHAN I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT.

IT'S NOT SURPRISING.

I'M SURE VOLKSWAGENPULLED OUT EVERY TRICK IN THE

BOOK.

WHAT TACTIC DID THEY GO WITH THEDEAD FISH?

THE GOONS?

THE DEAD FISH GOONS?

[LAUGHTER]WHICH WAS IT?

>> VOLKSWAGEN WAS NEUTRAL TO

POSITIVE BECAUSE THEY'VE HADGOOD RELATIONS WITH UNIONS.

>> VOLKSWAGEN WANTS A WORKCOUNCIL SLASH UNION AT THISFACILITY IN

CHATTANOOGA.

>> Jon: THE OLD REVERSEPSYCHOLOGY TRICK.

GO AHEAD BE IN THE UNION.

WE'LL BE BEST FRIENDS FOREVERLET'S US ENJOY A RAVE TOGETHER.

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STHUMP.

[ LAUGHTER ]APPARENTLY WE STORE THESE IN THE

CARPET.

[ LAUGHTER ]SO THE GERMANS LIKE THE UNION OR

AS THEY WOULD SAY, THEY FELTUBERGUBENVAGEN --

[LAUGHTER] SO VOLKSWAGEN

WAS OKAY WITH IT WHO WAS AGAINSTIT?

>> POLITICIANS WORKED HARD ONTHIS ONE.

THEY CAME OUT STRONGLY AGAINSTTHE UNION.

THEY SAID IT WAS BECAUSE THEYTHOUGHT IT WOULD HURT ECONOMIC

DEVELOPMENT IN THE REGION.

>> Jon: POLITICIANS THAT HASTO BE PESKY DEMOCRATS BECAUSE

THEY STICK THEIR NOSES WHERETHEY DON'T BELONG.

I BELIEVE THE GERMANS CALL THAT[MAKING UP A WORD] BEAUTIFUL

LANGUAGE GERMAN.

WHICH ONE OF THE DEMOCRATS WASIT?

>> THERE WAS POWERFUL PRESSUREFROM SENATOR BOB CORKERAND TENNESSEE REPUBLICAN

GOVERNOR BILL HASLAM.

>> THE SENATOR SAID HE LEARNEDVW WILL BRING THE NEW S.U.V. TO

CHATTANOOGA IF THE EMPLOYEES ATTHE CURRENT PLANT DECIDE NOT TO

UNIONIZE.

>> Jon: IF ONLY THAT WERE TRUEAND VOLKSWAGEN ITSELF HADN'T

SAID THE OPPOSITE OF THAT.

I WISH BEFORE THEY EMPLOYED THEHEAVY HANDED GOVERNMENT DRIVEN

INTERVENTIONS IN THE FREE MARKETPROCESS, REPUBLICANS LIKE BOBCORKER WOULD LISTEN TO OTHER

REPUBLICANS.

>> I BELIEVE OUR GOVERNMENTSHOULDN'T BE IN THE BUSINESS OF

PICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS INTHE MARKETPLACE.

THIS GOVERNMENT IS FOND OFPICKING WINNERS AND LOSERS.

>> WE WANT TO GET GOVERNMENT OUTOF WAY OF ECONOMIC GROWTH.

[ LAUGHTER ]>> FREE MARKET STUFF.

IT WOULD BE SOMETHING IF WE HADSENATOR BOB CORKER TOUTING HOW

GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT INTERFEREIN THE FREE MARKET.

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? ROLL THETAPE.

>> I THINK THAT MESSAGE, THATFREE MARKET MESSAGE, THAT

MESSAGE OF LOOK,WE'RE A GREAT COUNTRY.

WE DON'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT TOBE INVOLVED.

>> I'M PRETTY SURE THE GERMANSHAVE A WORD FOR SOMEONE WHO

ESPOUSES STRICT PRINCIPLES BUTONLY WHEN IT SUITS THEIR NARROW

PURPOSE AND THAT WORD IS(bleep).

IT'S EXACTLY THE SAME -- WEIRD.

WE'LL ABOUT IT RIGHT BACK.

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