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The UAW#039;s Worker Problem

The Florence Reece wrote the ballad “Which Side Are You in the midst of Kentucky’s so-called County War in the 1930s.

Posed question late last by the United Auto Workers, of Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn. answered that they want to be on the side of a union is slipping into irrelevance. a 1.5 million-member behemoth, the UAW has seen its decline to a fourth of what it was in the 1970s.

Everything had lined up for it in Not only was VW officially neutral, it the playing field in favor of the The company allowed it to campaign in the a major advantage while the opponents were excluded. The were praising Volkswagen’s European attitude toward labor and celebrating imminent for the union.

Then the workers had their The UAW reportedly spent $5 million in the of a campaign that lasted two and it lost by a 712-to-636 vote.

The of the old American Federation of Labor was fair day’s wage for a day’s work.” VW workers they already had it. Wages in are comparable to those of new hires of the automakers, roughly $20 an hour.

The unionization of the workforce would it possible for VW to form a European-style council” of management and workers to decisions about the plant. But already felt amply by management. Even UAW secretary-treasurer Williams attested, “Volkswagen’s a act.”

This is hardly the of the Overpass,” when company beat UAW officials trying to Ford in the 1930s. This is a car putting out a welcome mat for union who still couldn’t manage to

Florence Reece wrote, all of you good workers / Good to you I’ll tell / Of how the good old / Has come in here to dwell.” But the in Chattanooga didn’t consider it good news.

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Bob King, the head of the UAW, they are guilty of false If only they weren’t so misled by outside agitators, as Tennessee senator Bob Corker, the mayor of Chattanooga who helped to woo VW to the in the first place. He rightly that the UAW is in a “death spiral” more controversially, that the would make a rapid to invest further in the plant if the UAW the vote.

King alleges that comments violated “the of labor law, which is The senator doesn’t work for VW, and he has the Amendment right to say whatever he If Corker is guilty of dirty what about President Obama, who told a group of lawmakers that no one opposed the UAW the Chattanooga plant except “more concerned about shareholders than American That’s not inflammatory?

The only law will satisfy King is one forbids anyone from a discouraging word about his which was found alone in a in 2009 with two nearly car companies. After the UAW did so much to automaking out of Detroit with labor costs and ridiculous rules, it is no wonder that haven’t welcomed it into the where right-to-work states become alluring destinations for car companies.

For the longest time, the business of the UAW has been to take its members’ and funnel them to friendly politicians. Unless it breaks the South, the union knows all but doomed. It may feel this imperative keenly, but workers in manufacturing jobs who owe nothing to self-serving dinosaur from the century don’t. They can be for wondering which side the is on.

Rich Lowry is the editor of Review.

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