A lot has been written about the UAW vote in Chattanooga TN. I have read a few blog posts that claim this was a common sense vote. Common sense? I beg to differ.
Apparently Unions are bad. They are so bad that they bankrupted the entire city of Detroit. It had nothing to do with corrupt government? It had nothing to do with diversity in a specialized market? And Detroit’s demise most definitely had nothing to do with the diversity of the economy?
Of course not. We must blame theses Union employees that make too much money! They are brainwashed and stand by their LEADERS(?) even though they are destroying their very Union, not too mention the very fabric of this country.
To begin with, has anyone here ever gone to their workplace superior and negotiated a better wage and/or better benefits? And if you did, were you successful? If you were to survey every non-union employee in this country on the previous questions, I would guess that a great majority would answer no. Reason being is simple. There is always going to be someone there to take your job for less money. Yet, that seems to be the standard reply when I debate my pro-union mindset to Conservatives. They almost seem insulted at the implication that a “Group” would have to negotiate on their behalf. And then ask for a minimal amount of union dues in exchange for such a wage and benefits. The anti-union establishment explains it this way. “I don’t need anyone negotiating my pay for me. I let my hard work speak for itself.” Well, good luck with that. As a Union tile setter, I make $62.03 per hour in wage and benefits. I work my ass off and I get compensated accordingly. I dare a non union tile setter anywhere in this country to compare compensation with we. They won’t, and do you know why? Because they know that they don’t stand a chance in this race. The reason? There is only one of them racing. Where I have 3017 members on my team. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, and I will preach this until the day I die.
TOGETHER WE BARGAIN……..DIVIDED WE BEG…………….
Conservatives are staunchly Anti-Union. Or, right to work. But why? The reason is quite simple, yet their lower working class followers just don’t seem to get it. The Republican National Committee is Anti-Union, because Unions donate to Democratic candidates. Yes, it’s just that simple.What other reason would the GOP have for despising Unions other than the fact that they donate against their interests? But you have to hand it to the GOP. They have found a way to use religion and animosity to pit worker against worker. And it has worked. Anti Union sentiment is rampant in our country. And one needs to look no further than Tennessee.
This whole situation baffles me. First, you have an auto manufacturer and it’s employees going head to head in battle for unionization……Oh wait, rewind that. That’s right, quite the opposite happened in Chattanooga. Over the past thirty years the UAW has been trying to organize in the south. And thanks to the Voluntary Restraint Agreement (VCA) with Japan in 1982 (Thanks Ronald Reagan) all efforts have been met with heavy opposition. The opposition is so heavy that Tupelo Mississippi which is the sight of Toyota’s most recent plant, has a formal community organization whose only purpose is to keep Unions out. An entire community, brainwashed. But when efforts to organize foreign automakers seemed like an impossible task, out of nowhere comes Volkswagen. Volkswagen actually pushed for Union representation in it’s Chattanooga factory. And while workers at the plant were noticeably skeptic of Volkswagen’s stance, the answer was right in front of their face. See, Volkswagen wanted a “European works style” council. This council gives the workers a voice in numerous product decisions. I guess those evil Europeans really know where their collective bread is buttered. A happy worker bee is a productive worker bee. VW wanted this council, but under U.S. law a Union must represent employees for a company to form a “Works Council”. It’s as simple as that. Volkswagen is so pro-worker that it opened it’s doors and cordially invited the UAW into it’s facilities. In the past the UAW was met with great resistance from Nissan, Honda, and Toyota. But by reports VW let them tour the Chattanooga facility. Even allowing conference rooms to be used for the UAW to meet, greet, and educate the employees on the UAW’s intentions and goals. It should have been a No-Brainer. At least until Tennessee’s Conservatives found out.
Tennessee’s Government felt impelled to get involved. Through lies and manipulation, along with Grover Norquidst’s generous donations. Numerous adds, and untruths were spread. And the fact is that their actions are absolutely appalling. One State Senator even threatened to block any future incentives in Chattanooga if employees voted in favor of UAW representation. Can you believe that?This is like a nightmare. Can you believe this shit? They (GOP) will tell you that voting for Union representation will cause you to eventually lose your job. However, the GOP seems more than willing to get hands-on in making sure that you do lose your job. Now keep in mind, that this entire Unionization was favored by Volkswagen. This assault was led by two men. Governor Haslam and Senator Bob Corker. Once word came that the UAW was trying to organize the VW plant, the shit hit the fan. Billboards started appearing around town comparing unions to Detroit. You can thank Norquidst and his donors for that one. Radio and television adds were soon to follow. The most egregious act had to come from Corker himself. Once voting commenced, he went as far as to say that “VW had assured that it would make a new SUV line in Chattanooga rather than Mexico if the workers voted against representation.” Volkswagen has vehemently denied Corker’s statement. And this blogger tends to believe VW for the simple fact that they invited the UAW in the first place. But yet the majority ruled and the workers voted Nay. But why?
As I said at the beginning of this post, Unions are bad. They must be, why else would Conservative groups spend millions to keep them out of a company that preferred their presence? The GOP preyed upon the fears of working class people. All they had to do was spit out a few key scare words, let the national Conservative big wigs throw some money out, and boom! You have no Union. You especially have no representation of the working class. And if you are a Conservative Governor, or a Conservative Senator, or a Conservative state legislator why would you want an informed working class? You obviously wouldn’t, or else you wouldn’t have helped pass a bill in Tennessee that makes picketing in front of businesses a misdemeanor with a hefty fine attached. Although I wonder if this will apply to groups exercising their First Amendment rights in front of abortion clinics. Something tells me the answer is NO!
In closing, every article I’ve read states that it was a major defeat for the UAW. But i disagree.I believe it was a major defeat for the working class. A defeat that they handed to themselves. With help from the Grand Old Party.