The UAW is not about work conditions, contracts, or protecting good workers from bad management anymore. It's about politics, 6 digit salaries to fat cats, favors, and mafia style protection rackets. I sometimes read "Solidarity Magazine." The last time I read it, there was an abortion article featured. What the hell does abortion have to do with auto worker contracts?
CNN) -- Union organizers in the South suffered a setback Friday when workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted against being represented by the United Auto Workers.If the UAW wasn't a political organization arm first, this probably would not have happened.
The vote was 712 against the union and 626 in favor. There are about 1,550 hourly workers at the plant who were eligible to vote.The vote was seen as the UAW's best chance to organize a nonunion auto plant, because Volkswagen management did not oppose the effort."We commend Volkswagen for...trying to provide an atmosphere of freedom to make a decision," said UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel, who directs the union's Southern organizing. "Unfortunately, politically motivated third parties threatened the economic future of this facility."Organizers faced strong opposition by Republican officials who wanted to maintain Tennessee's reputation as a non-union state in order to attract new businesses.
The UAW is now nothing more than an arm of the democrats. 50 years of "progressive" democrat rule destroyed Detroit. With Mike Duggan there, I expect more of the same. He's an Ed McNamara protege. The jobs and plants have declined or are gone here.
Tennessee doesn't need or want this crap sprouting up in Chattanooga. Eastern Tennessee has largely been Republican since The Civil War. Much (not all) of it never was democrat outside of a blowout year like Bresden's re-election. This wasn't George Wallace territory (Chattanooga area voted for him, rest of East TN did not), Clinton territory, Al Gore territory (Middle TN), or Jimmy Carter territory.
Volkswagen said it was neutral on the vote, but opponents of the union had also criticized the company for being too welcoming of the union organizing effort.Volkswagen wants to establish a so-called "works council" at the plant, in which management and hourly workers together come up with ways to make the plant's operations more efficient.The automaker has works councils at virtually every plant it operates around the world. But there were doubts about whether the council could be set up under U.S. labor law without a union being in place.Volkswagen said it will try to move ahead with a works council, despite the outcome of the vote.
If you have to form a union to have a works council, why not something like Nonpartisan Autoworkers of Tennessee instead of the UAW democrats? Get the politics out of it and focus on work conditions.