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Special Report: The UAW's last stand
al Reuters ^ | 12/29/11 | Bernie Woodall, Ben Klayman and Jan Schwartz

Posted on 12/29/2011 6:47:56 AM PST by markomalley

The United Auto Workers union is staking its future on the kind of struggle it hasn't waged since the 1930s: a massive drive to organize hostile factories.

This time, the target is foreign car makers, whose workers have rebuffed the union repeatedly. Specifically, Reuters has learned, the union is going after U.S. plants owned by German manufacturers Volkswagen AG and Daimler AG, seen as easier nuts to crack than the Japanese and South Koreans.

It's a battle the UAW cannot afford to lose. By failing to organize factories run by foreign automakers, the union has been a spectator to the only growth in the U.S. auto industry in the last 30 years. That failure to win new members has compounded a crunch on the UAW's finances, forcing it to sell assets and dip into its strike fund to pay for its activities.

In dozens of interviews with union officials, organizers and car company executives, a picture has emerged of UAW President Bob King's strategy. By appealing to German unions for help and by calling on the companies to do the right thing, King hopes to get VW and Daimler to surrender without a fight and let the union make its case directly to workers.

Central to this effort is the belief that if car companies refrain from actively opposing a UAW organizing push, workers at German-American factories will gladly join the union.

But that belief may be off-base. Workers know that almost every job lost at U.S. car factories in the last 30 years has occurred at a unionized company, while almost every job gained has come at a non-union company. And most of the factories the UAW is targeting are in the South, which is historically hostile to unions.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: biglabor; righttowork; uaw; unions
If the UAW had its way, there would be a legal requirement for auto workers to be members.

Thank God they don't have their way.

1 posted on 12/29/2011 6:48:02 AM PST by markomalley
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To: markomalley

The UAW’s prime value is an inverse indicator of car quality. If: no UAW, Then: good car.


2 posted on 12/29/2011 6:53:26 AM PST by Da Coyote
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To: markomalley
By failing to organize factories run by foreign automakers, the union has been a spectator to the only growth in the U.S. auto industry in the last 30 years.

Out here in "flyover country" this is what we call a "clue".

3 posted on 12/29/2011 6:53:51 AM PST by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: markomalley
Volkswagen AG and Daimler AG, seen as easier nuts to crack than the Japanese and South Koreans

Hint to VW and Daimler workers and management: if you sign with UAW, I will be MUCH less likely to buy your products.

4 posted on 12/29/2011 7:00:22 AM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: markomalley
If the UAW had its way, there would be a legal requirement for auto workers to be members

In closed-shop states, they pretty much already have that.

And it's wrong. In a free country, no one should be forced to join a union in order to get or keep a job.

5 posted on 12/29/2011 7:01:14 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: markomalley

This is great news!

It means the UAW is in a hurry while they have a VERY friendly NLRB on their side and do not expect that to continue in 2013!!!!


6 posted on 12/29/2011 7:04:14 AM PST by Erik Latranyi
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To: markomalley

I belonged to two unions in my life and felt that they did nothing but expropriate a chunk of my paycheck in return for making the work environment less pleasant and providing employment for worthless layabouts. I would *never*, *ever* voluntarily join a union.


7 posted on 12/29/2011 7:11:09 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Pollster1

I always look for the union label. If it has one, I don’t buy it.


8 posted on 12/29/2011 7:13:42 AM PST by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: markomalley
“Workers know that almost every job lost at U.S. car factories in the last 30 years has occurred at a unionized company, while almost every job gained has come at a non-union company”

I wonder if there's some connection there.....Hmmmmm.

9 posted on 12/29/2011 7:18:50 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: markomalley
"the union has been a spectator to the only growth in the U.S. auto industry in the last 30 years"

Or, to phrase it more accurately, "the Union has been the CAUSE of the U.S. Auto Industry's lack of growth in the past 30 years".

Which is why PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS ARE THRIVING, because the raping of Taxpayers to funnel to those UNION MEMBERS (and resultant funneling of the Dues to the DNC) is a perpetual $$$$ goldmine, and it will ONLY end in 2 ways: 1) Revolution, or 2) (most likely outcome), the collapse of the Government.

10 posted on 12/29/2011 7:20:34 AM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: Erik Latranyi

The NLRB will only have two members in two days; not enough for a quorum, so basically unable to act. Any obama appointees will not be approved by congress.

Also, the NLRB has kept the results of all union elections hidden since March of this year. The website originally said they would be posted by October, but they’re still not there. I think they’re hiding how badly the unions have fared in elections this year. I know of one where the union lost with less than 20% of the vote.


11 posted on 12/29/2011 7:23:04 AM PST by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: markomalley
Thank God they don't have their way

...yet!

12 posted on 12/29/2011 7:44:27 AM PST by pgkdan ("Make what Americans buy, Buy what Americans make, and sell it to the world" Perry 2012)
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To: markomalley
By appealing to German unions for help and by calling on the companies to do the right thing, King hopes to get VW and Daimler to surrender without a fight and let the union make its case directly to workers.

What unbiased reporting. I have reference to the "right thing." That should be in quotes if King is saying it. Otherwise, Reuters is showing their usual bias.

13 posted on 12/29/2011 7:45:07 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: count-your-change
I wonder if there's some connection there...

Nahhhhh.

14 posted on 12/29/2011 7:50:40 AM PST by null and void (Day 1073 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: traditional1

1) and 2) are not incompatible.


15 posted on 12/29/2011 7:52:44 AM PST by null and void (Day 1073 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Unions are a racket in which the worker is the pawn.


16 posted on 12/29/2011 7:58:57 AM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: tacticalogic
“the target is foreign car makers”

UAW has been on the US factories producing foreign cars for 30 years trying to organize, intimidating, etc. - “siempre una lucha”

17 posted on 12/29/2011 8:01:43 AM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: 1010RD

Has anyone asked any GOP candidate what in hell they are going to do with General Motors?


18 posted on 12/29/2011 8:01:54 AM PST by oldironsides
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To: markomalley
And most of the factories the UAW is targeting are in the South, which is historically hostile to unions.

Automobile manufacturers, especially foreign ones, are no dummies.

19 posted on 12/29/2011 8:16:26 AM PST by upchuck (Let's have the Revolution NOW before we get dumbed down to the point that we can't.)
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To: Second Amendment First
I always look for the union label. If it has one, I don’t buy it.

Same here.

It too often means an overpriced inferior product made by lazy workers supporting crooked, anti-American bosses who make their livings paying off their friends and Democrat politicians (but, I repeat myself).

I would rather buy stuff made by almost anybody else.

20 posted on 12/29/2011 8:19:50 AM PST by Gritty (We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. - C.S. Lewis)
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To: markomalley

FTUAW.


21 posted on 12/29/2011 8:22:17 AM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: 1010RD

Actually, the most unpleasant and obnoxious co-workers are invariably the union stewards. Total sheisskopfs.


22 posted on 12/29/2011 8:32:41 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: oldironsides

I’m still dumbfounded that 0 was able to fire somebody and they listen to him. Where does he get that power? He should have been told to suck off.


23 posted on 12/29/2011 8:38:43 AM PST by mcshot (Neither handsome nor handy but took an oath and will vote to save our Country.)
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To: markomalley; All
I am not concerned about the UAW...

I am concerned with the shell game that is GM and will they go broke again.

They are "Stuffing the Pipe" and no one will talk about it in the lame stream, business, or auto meeting.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/gm-channel-stuffing-surges-all-time-record

"In the past two months, everyone has been scratching their heads just how it is possible that the US manufacturing base continues to chug along at pre-recession levels even as the world all around America burns? Today, GM may have given the answer, courtesy of its monthly disclosure of car sales which at the top line is completely irrelevant as the funding for these purchases comes almost entirely from subprime loans handed out by the government to NINJAs. What is interesting is the little blurb in every monthly report discussing the amount of dealer inventory, a topic well-known to frequent readers of Zero Hedge which has discussed GM's pervasive channel stuffing in the past, and which subsequently went quite mainstream. So how does November channel stuffing stack up? As the chart below shows, at 623,666 cars, it is an all time absolute record, and represents about 3.5 times the total GM vehicles sold in November! It is also a 31k increase in the past month, and 85k cars more in inventory than in July. Because when economic growth at all costs is needed to demonstrate just how viable America is, and a semi-nationalized car marker is one of the only conduits to "generate" economic growth, it does not matter if the end product is actually demanded or will simply corrode and rust in some dealer showroom in perpetuity. After all it is the act of building the car that matters for various monthly PMI, CMI, regional Fed and GDP purposes. Pretty much exactly like in China's goal seeked "economy." So the next time someone asks just how is it that the miraculous US decoupling continues, please point them to this chart."


24 posted on 12/29/2011 8:58:26 AM PST by taildragger (( Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: oldironsides
Great way to step up the internecine attacks amongst the candidates.

I think it would be counterproductive to keeping, let alone gaining additional support.

Thad McCotter (R, MI) appears on Dennis Miller often. A caller asked about the GM bailout, and he was, as expected, to be all for it, trying to shift the benefits to all the employees of GM suppliers in all the other states...

Just sayin'.

OTOH, I'm sure the Dems have all sorts of sound bites already.

Here's another case to really blame Bush43. He had the opportunity to deal with the GM problem toward the end of his last term, and iirc, the way it was put, "He didn't want to be the one associated with the end of an American Industrial Icon."

25 posted on 12/29/2011 9:12:55 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: markomalley

I know people who work at the Honda plant in Marysville and the majority don’t want a union.The last time they tried this cr@p some of the larger make workers helped escort the organizers off the plant grounds.Sort of an out union the union goons.....LOL


26 posted on 12/29/2011 9:33:15 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: markomalley

I know people who work at the Honda plant in Marysville and the majority don’t want a union.The last time they tried this cr@p some of the larger male workers helped escort the organizers off the plant grounds.Sort of an out union the union goons.....LOL


27 posted on 12/29/2011 9:33:37 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Second Amendment First

I just look at the price tag. Union made costs more and isn’t any better. I don’t mind paying for what I get, but I expect to get what I pay for. Unions don’t deliver.


28 posted on 12/29/2011 9:47:03 AM PST by Mountain Troll (My investment plan - Canned food and shotguns)
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To: taildragger

It looks like they will produce more cars than they can sell, propped up by the American taxpayer, until next November. Production numbers will look good. Employment numbers will look good. Union dollars will flow to the president’s campaign. The manure will not hit the fan until after Obama is safely re-elected, and even then, the taxpayer will again be the backstop. This kind of manipulation has been one of my main criticisms of government ownership of business. Fundamentally, such an arrangement always leads to a squandering of economic resources.


29 posted on 12/29/2011 4:10:01 PM PST by fhayek
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