Monday, September 14, 2009

Union Official Backs Off Charge that VW is Revisiting its Nazi Past

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From the Chattanooga Times Free Press:

A union official backed away Friday from an analogy in an e-mail in which he had linked Volkswagen's Nazi past to the use of Hispanic workers building the automaker's Chattanooga plant . . . .  Tom Owens, director of communications for the AFL-CIO's Building and Construction Trades Department in Washington, D.C., [wrote in an email this week that VW under the Nazis was responsible for the mass deportation and exploitation of workers.  Now VW is replicating its past by] building the plant while Tennessee is in a recession and "they resort back to their dark past by making use, and exploiting, a predominantly foreign work force that some eyewitnesses say is 80 percent non-English-speaking Latino."

Owens now says that the analogy he made about VW was a bad one, and that he regrets making it.

Hat tip: Dennis Nolan.

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