Saturday, December 13, 2008

Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Traitor, Union Buster

The Washington Post has been interviewing workers from Tennessee's GM plant, and they are seething with anger at Tennessee Senator Bob Corker (R), or as they now call him, Tennessee Traitor, Bob Corker (R).

"Bob Corker is a union buster, plain and simple."
--Brian Kerr, Spring Hill, Tennessee

"Anyone who calls himself an American and wants to get rid of American jobs isn't worth much in my book. He's been blinded by his own hatred of the unions." --Tim Kinjorski, Spring Hill, Tennessee

SPRING HILL, TENN., -- [W]hat stuns many in this place defined by the General Motors auto plant and its 4,200 workers is that no person played a larger role in the demise of autoworker hopes than their own Sen. Bob Corker (R), who is now regarded by some here with the kind of disdain reserved for traitors. . .

In a dozen interviews with workers here, many suspected that he only feigned interest in rescuing Detroit's Big Three. Instead, they say, he wants to crush GM and its union to benefit foreign automakers, such Volkswagen, who have opened or are opening nonunionized plants in the state.

"We're deeply disappointed in Senator Corker -- that's the official statement," said Mike Herron, union chief at the GM plant here. "But actually my members want to choke him." . .

Corker "has somehow ignored the fact that there's a major GM plant in his own state," said Ben McFarlane, who retired from the plant this summer and opened a local bar where many workers go. "And if this plant goes, then my business goes, this whole town goes, and the effects cascade across the country."

"In a move worthy of Benedict Arnold, a handful of Senate Republicans this week successfully conspired to deny federal aid to U.S. automakers. It ranks second only to their attempt to blame autoworkers themselves for failing to provide sufficient concessions to satisfy GOP demands."

-- Tom Buffenbarger, IAM International President

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