Skip to comments.Will Volkswagen Vote Kill Power Of Big Unions?
Posted on 02/18/2014 3:51:25 PM PST by jazusamo
Mark down Feb. 14, 2014, as the Saint Valentine's Day union massacre. Years from now we may look back at this date as the turning point of the modern-day union dominance over manufacturing industries in America.
That's the broader national significance of the 712-to-626 vote in Chattanooga, Tenn., to reject a United Auto Workers attempt to unionize a Volkswagen auto assembly plant. Despite a full-court blitz by the AFL-CIO and even the Volkswagen management to allow the union in, the workers turned thumbs-down to the power play.
Why? Three weeks ago I traveled to Chattanooga on behalf of the Beacon Institute to educate workers and community leaders on the perils of unionizing the 3,000-worker plant. My message and those of others, including UAW members from Michigan: Beware turning Chattanooga, a surprisingly fast-growing metro area in the South, into Detroit.
Workers got the message. A union would put their jobs at risk.
When I traveled to Chattanooga and met with families who would be affected by the union presence, l heard multiple concerns. One was that unions would withhold money from worker paychecks with few corresponding benefits.
Workers are paid well at the VW plant $18 to $30 an hour (plus benefits) depending on skills and there is high demand for these jobs. One worker at the plant told me that collectivist union work rules might prevent merit-based advancement.
They also understood that the higher plant costs associated with a union presence could mean that over time more assembly jobs are outsourced to Mexico or China.
This vote in Chattanooga was one of Big Labor's most severe setbacks in years. The stakes were much larger than what would happen to a few thousand workers within this one factory's walls.
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“Will Volkswagen Vote Kill Power Of Big Unions?”
Let us hope and pray that this is the result.
It’ll never kill of the gubmint unions
I have complete confidence that the illegal NLRB will declare the vote invalid. Then have another vote and cheat.
The union thugs can stay up north.
Amen to that and with a little luck there’ll be less and less of them there.
It was racism. Heard that on TV. Here’s the way the liberal spun it. The anti-union guys said that it was just a bunch of northerners come back down south to tell the good southern folks how to live and that was the same thing as waving the Stars and Bars of the old Confederacy. Since the union lost the election, that meant there weren’t many blacks in the VW plant. So, if they’d hired more blacks, the union would have passed and that’s why it’s racism.
I’m sure that the only reason that the union did not prevail is that scabs like this Stephen Moore were allowed to talk to workers and their families. A clear case of outside interference that cannot be allowed in our free and open society.
There must be another vote and this time around all of those who voted against the union will not be allowed to vote. All ballots must be filled out in the presence of union officials and their volunteer helpers so that everyone can be assured of a fair and open election. Any outsider speaking up against the union will be detained and educated by a union membership committee. Uncounted ballots will be delivered to a counting committee selected by the union membership to ensure that an accurate count is made.
The workers deserve their union and we are going to see that they get it.
The socialists will learn from this and they will soon be back for another try. All they need is around 40 people to change their minds. They will recruit some time-share salespeople to lie, cheat and steal in order to win them over.
Yep, it’s happened before and this was by no means a comfortable margin, it’s surprising though because VW basically gave the union the green light.
Common sense..Why would VW workers vote to support a union that controls a rival auto company...GM??
Workers of the world unite!
Despite a full-court blitz by the AFL-CIO and even the Volkswagen management to allow the union inThis isn't Germany, businesses actually have freedom in the American South. I hope VW is just suffering from Stockholm syndrome, because the last thing we need is a feckless business. I'm not really sure why union members are even allowed to have rights to life, liberty, and property, considering that they are eager to violently deny those very rights to their pragmatic betters.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. One battle does not a war make.
That sounds like an excuse from TVs “In The Heat of The Night” staring Carol Oconner.
1. Detroit was the center of auto manufacturing in the world. Why isn't this auto plant located in Detroit?
2. In fact, why isn't any auto plant located in Detroit anymore?
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