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Do American auto workers an inferiority complex?

In Germany, Merkel’s Christian Democratic stands by workers’ right to a wage and paid holidays. Joerg Sarbach/AP

Do American workers have an inferiority Do they suffer from low self esteem that believe they should be significantly less than counterparts in other countries who the same cars for the same Would they really to have no say whatsoever in how their are run, even when employers are keen to offer a seat at the table?

Sadly, are questions that need to be in the wake of last week’s by auto workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee to an effort by the United Automobile (UAW) to unionize the German factory. The no vote came as a big surprise to UAW organizers, not least a majority of the workers had reportedly cards favoring the union’s in creating a German-style works at the plant.

There was also no opposition VW management, who agreed to remain in the process and had even invited UAW onto the factory floor to the benefits of organizing. Still, though their jobs not under threat and their were supportive, a majority of the (712 to 626) voted unionization. Much of the blame for the no is being assigned to the right-wing and Republican lawmakers in the state, who a relentless, if predictable, anti-union While this blame is deserved, the apparent willingness of so workers to act against their own needs to be called into also.

Unlike most of the VW worldwide, the Chattanooga plant not have a works council, brings workers together management to establish the company’s and procedures. (Under US law, representation is a pre-requisite to having a council, which is why the UAW vote was As things stand Chattanooga have no say in the company’s decision-making or in any negotiations surrounding pay or work It should come as no surprise that workers at this get paid considerably less workers at other VW plants the world who do have a say.

In Germany, for instance, auto at VW plants get paid an average of an hour. That’s more double the average hourly for an established unionized worker in and it’s more than times what the non unionized in Chattanooga can hope to earn. to a company spokesperson, new hires at start at $14.50 an hour. a that gradually increases to an hour after three on the job.

This brings me to my original question – do American have an inferiority complex makes them willing to an lower salary than deserve, and, if so, why? to reports from the ground, one of the many workers cited for the unionization plans was that were satisfied with job and felt they were paid. It’s true with Tennessee being a so right to work state, wages are generally low and poverty is $19.50 an hour probably like a pretty good But when their European working for the same employers, the same work, make than three times they do, shouldn’t these be feeling less satisfied screwed?

To be fair to the Tennessee auto they have been undermined by Republican lawmakers in the who seem to think that only route to job security about prosperity) is to shut up, up and accept whatever pay rate and conditions their employers see fit to on them. One of the scare tactics by US Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn), in seems like a flagrant possibly illegal) attempt to the vote. was to claim that he had it on authority from the big bosses at VW if the workers voted against the a new midsize SUV line would be at the Chattanooga plant. This was refuted by the plant’s CEO, Fischer, who said the union would have no bearing on the SUV (although the company is now saying it rethink building any more in the south). But that didn’t Corker from insisting it was true.

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It’s hardly surprising that when faced this kind of fear a majority of the workers did not feel confident in their situation to of the rare chance afforded to improve their lot. a shame for these workers, and for workers all over the south, they didn’t.

Just try to what would happen if auto workers were that they would to accept a major salary cut and up their many other because workers in the US were paid so much less them. You can’t, right, and would be because such a will never arise. The it will never arise is the Germans have very unions and because these don’t have to operate in a political climate, they are beneficial to workers and management not to mention the broader economy. As Tom recently argued in the nation:

One of the reasons why Germany has adapted such agility to the changing and structural demands of the globalized is the respect that German accord workers.

The UAW had hoped to some of this respect and to several non-unionized foreign auto plants in the south by to try the works council approach. for the time being at least, efforts have been

All is not yet lost, however, the UAW has vowed to on and has already been contacting at the Mercedes Benz plant in Alabama to try to get a works council set up Meanwhile, just days the no vote in Chattanooga, VW announced they were going to their efforts to establish representation and a works council at the So much for Senator Corker’s that the company was anti-union.

have to wait and see how this all out, but hopefully next round the workers will to the people who pay them (and who may be willing to pay them more) than right wing funded by self interested and hostile politicians who seem to forgotten whose interests are supposed to serve.

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