Skip to comments.Union Vote In Chattanooga Shows Danger Of Card Check
Posted on 02/18/2014 4:42:56 PM PST by jazusamo
Labor: Union bosses have contended for some time that a secret ballot isn't needed to unionize a workplace. All that's needed, they said, was employees' signatures on cards. But Chattanooga proved them wrong.
For months the United Auto Workers have said a majority of workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee had signed cards expressing their interest in unionizing. Why bother with a secret ballot when the workers had already spoken through the "card check" approval process?
Before a much-anticipated and widely followed union-representation vote held last week, the AP reported that Gary Casteel, Tennessee-based regional director for the UAW, was saying a "solid majority" of workers had signed cards favoring certification. Reuters reported a similar story, with UAW President Bob King insisting, "Yes, we have a majority."
As it turned out, the union's claim of majority support was wrong. Workers at the Chattanooga plant used secret ballots to reject union representation 53-47.
The vote showed two things. One, unions continue to lose power and influence they are relics in today's private-sector workplace. UAW membership is down 75% since the late 1980 while only 6.7% of the entire private-sector workforce belongs to unions.
In Chattanooga, the UAW couldn't even win an election when the employer was on its side. It had a built-in advantage with Volkswagen trying to trap its employees in a German-style works council, and it still failed.
Two, the secret ballot is important and card check is dangerous. Card check is an idea that's been around a while. Under the practice, a company can, if it wishes, recognize a union when a majority of employees voluntarily sign cards that designate that union to represent them.
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Just to be clear that is 53% to 47%.
about 1400 votes were cast.
It was the unions that fought for secret ballots and they were right to do so. Management has no right to intimidate employees into voting against unionization. But the union is so transparently hypocritical to NOW want to do away with the secret ballot so they can rig the elections with thuggery. There’s no legitimate reason for anyone on either side to oppose secret ballots, and you can tell who the sleazebags are at any given moment by checking who’s against them.
The VW vote is precisely why the unions want unionization accepted just based on the card check to be in effect as soon as there is a majority of signatures. Strongarmery can get signatures but is ineffective for secret balloting.
Thanks, I noticed that too.
Never have, never will like what Unions are today. That said, another angle here in the dramatic drop in Union membership is that there has been a similar drop in the type of jobs available that attract the Unions.
Well said and dead on the mark.
Card check is a totalitarian gangsterish tactic of course.
But a works council isn’t a bad idea, if a German or Japanese style one can work in the US. German unions aren’t as corrupt and gangsterish as US ones, and are often even assets. Part of all this is that Germans and Japanese feel social pressure to behave themselves and maintain their reputations.
Americans are much less likely to care what other people think of them. This can be a good thing; it can also lead to a leadership of companies and unions, or of workers, who behave in ways that the Japanese or Germans would find very self serving.
The voting went on for 3 days ...
about 89% of the workers at the Chattanooga VW plant voted..
yes it was 53% those who voted were against unionizing to 47% for..
BTW 89% is much better than the average POTUS election...
While no party has no right to intimidate, there are avenues that provide the same outcome while remaining legal. Thankfully, these have not generally been in the union's favor.
Generally, but where there is will there is way.
Consider the live polling by an "independent pollster" prior to a "secret" election of a 'Rat versus a pubbie. There are LOTS Of things that "independent pollster" can do with the results during the campaign, at GOTV time, on election day... and perhaps beyond as well.
... when "independent pollster" is an arm of the union, of course.
Card check is a way to bully people into forming a union they do not want. That is why Obastard wants to do away with it.
Bwahahaha! Deceiving the parasites?
Yes, they (United Socialists of America) do have a majority. Small victory in a larger war BUMP!
The defeat in Chattanooga could prove to be the final nail in the coffin of this moribund organization.
Let it be so. When a union joins the company, or vice versa, to screw the workers it's gone way too far.
I’m sure the NLRB would like to, it’ll be interesting to see just what they do or try to do.
I can certainly defend their existence during said time, because they were NEEDED.
Rotten capitalist pigs would let a worker have his arm sawed off, and they didn't care.
They'd get another cog in the mill take his place.
But there is literally NO place for unions now.
Workmans comp, OSHA, and all sorts of regulations have made these dinosaur unions obsolete.
And there is REALLY no place for "public sector" unions.
They work directly with democrat politicians to maximize their power and screw everyone else, particularly taxpayers along the way.
I couldn’t agree more on both private and public unions, they rip off employees.
I do believe employees should have the right to have a SMALL group that will represent them and their rights under the law for a SMALL monthly fee that’s used strictly for that with absolutely no political affiliations.
The Dems are in charge of counting the votes from the touch screen voting machines. A soros company does the counting and once the machines are downloaded there is no recourse. They are wiped clean. Those machines were designed to be fraudulent, I think. The count is what the counting agency says it is and no one can show otherwise. Individual non touch screen machines are evidently easy to hack as shown by many machines that showed Democrat candidates when Republican names were put in in the last election. Republicans hae no history of tinkering with the machines. Democrats do it as SOP. I suspect the next elections are already configured.
Do you think it might be that they are registering people through every mechanism possible, (ie. Acorn, it’s new names, high school registration, drivers lic enrollment, SNAP, Obamacare, et al....) then actually voting for all of them during mail in or early voting? Just a hunch.....
You might want to re-word your post.
The story that’s barely been told is that VW supported the UAW. The reason is that VW’s corporate bylaws require plant employees to be organized under workers’ councils, as they are in Germany.
However, US federal laws REQUIRE that such councils operate under the auspices of a labor union. So, under VW’s own bylaws, any VW plant in the US MUST become unionized.
I guess this means that Volkswagen can’t locate plants in right-to-work states.
pps. “It” meaning the secret vote, of course.
It's a good site to subscribe to. You have to filter out the "Capitalism is dying" mantra they constantly espouse (they're STILL defending Trotsky fer Crissakes), but they do bring out a lot of these union-management sweetheart deals.
Same with some of their foreign reporting, where, despite their spin, they do present some interesting insights that no one else does.