Daily News header

UAW Facing Defeat With Their 'Southern Strategy'

By     get stories by email

The once mighty United Auto Workers have entered the twilight of their existence.

It took the United Auto Workers union (UAW) some time to come to terms with their shocking defeat to unionize the Tennessee Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. That ended Monday when the union ended its appeal to overturn a February union election.

Apparently the power structure of the UAW saw the writing on the wall with their government ally, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), as they prepared to begin their hearing on the appeal.

Back in February, the UAW was shocked and embarrassed when the workers at the VW plant decided to stay the course without a union involved in their relationship with the German management. Shockingly, the Germans were sympathetic to the union's organizational efforts.

They suffered a decisive defeat that destroyed their Southern U.S. strategy for automobile recruitment attempts now in at least the foreseeable future. The vote at VW was 712-626, which the union immediately challenged.

They claimed the results were "tainted" by anti-union politicians and outside groups. That turned out to not be the case, losing on their own merits and the worker's priorities.

A thoroughly defeated UAW president Bob King said, "The UAW is ready to put February's tainted election in the rear-view mirror and instead focus on advocating for new jobs and economic investment in Chattanooga. The UAW's objections informed the public about the unprecedented interference by anti-labor politicians and third parties who want to prevent workers from exercising their democratic right to choose union representation."

That was King's version, but he obviously knew the NLRB would not agree. Thus the quick departure and the "hold your head up" verbal dig.

Meanwhile, the National Right to Work Foundation, which represented several workers challenging the union, celebrated the UAW's decision to withdraw from the case. More salt in the wounds of union organizers.

The decline of the UAW intensified with the VW worker rejection. The southern foothold is gone as car companies have been expanding to avoid the costs of unionization.

Rick Berman, the president of Center for Union Facts put it the best saying, "The UAW made a calculation to cut their losses and not risk another vote. If a new election was ordered, the union might feel like the dog who caught the car. Another election loss would be the final blow to the flagging UAW southern strategy. Employees aren't buying what unions are selling."

Not good news for the strongest base of financial support the Democrats have.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. His BS in journalism from University of Oregon with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing. Read more stories by Dwight L. Schwab Jr. If you enjoyed this column, may I suggest you press the SUBSCRIBE button? It's FREE. Thank you for your patronage. You can also send comments to: dwight.schwab@gmail.com.

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

* The views of Opinion writers do not necessarily reflect the views of NewsBlaze

Related Opinions News

Brian Reilly, a Surprise Tea Party Supporter who asked Sheriff Arpaio to investigate Obama documentation anomalies, switches sides, to attack Arpaio's investigation.
Robert D. Ashford tells an old story about a documented event that happened a long time ago. The document, a drawing, carries a message, even today.
The competition between tobacco and e-cigarette products is getting mixed reactions from consumers and key persons in the industry.
A school superintendent wouldn't invite sick students with chicken pox, small pox, mumps, measles and polio into the school, there would be a mandate they stay home
The real War on Women is in the middle east, but progressive women in the US don't care about those women. They only care about voting for their democrat candidate.
We seem to have adapted to the acceptance we must live side by side with evil like a neighbor that trashes his house and lets his dog run wild to bite children at play.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month



Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site