Rhodium Group Volkswagen Gets a Lesson About American Exceptionalism — Volkswagen Worker

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As analyzed by Seymour Lipset and other scholars, the States has the unusual distinction of the most advanced industrial in the world while never had a forceful socialist party. Its movement is also weaker that in other industrialized When workers at Volkswagen’s in Tennessee rejected a move to the United Auto Workers they illustrated this American sentiment.

The vote the UAW’s first attempt to a foreign car plant located Detroit in traditionally antiunion states in the Midwest and South. The came in spite of the fact Volkswagen remained neutral and allowed the UAW to campaign on the plant Volkswagen had concluded that unionization was legally required for it to a so-called Works Council worker representatives and management at its Works Councils are standard at many other plants the world (except in China), and of long-standing collaborative worker-management practiced in Germany.

The irony, as noted by many is that advocates of foreign in the US were among those to Volkswagen transplanting its successful and high-productivity production platform Germany to a low-wage American manufacturing sector.

Several played a role in this

First, it is an age-old Marxist that workers suffer false consciousness and often against their economic Whether workers did so in Tennessee is not By the standards of the American south, workers have enjoyed wages and benefits, which might have feared at risk if the UAW came in and upset the quo. If so, the problem illustrates a free-rider problem for the UAW, as members may have felt paying union dues was not it because they already good work circumstances at

The IG Metall union in Volkswagen’s Germany has criticized the practice of American workers, so Volkswagen’s in Tennessee may be free-riding on their German colleagues. But the demand by IG for good wages for American is in its self-interest, which is to discourage management from setting up operations in the United States to costly wages in Germany.

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outside groups, especially politicians, opposed the unionization and threatened to withdraw state tax if workers voted yes. argued the broader reputational and risks for Tennessee as a low-cost were at stake, as if the UAW and labor were a virus that spread. The GOP sees unions in as a threat, not least because are a major source of independent for Democratic candidates. Republicans see the same as Democrats see the Koch and other outside funders.

But such a blanket antiunion seems close-minded for the supposed of business. Volkswagen has found involving workers raises For the GOP to argue that one of the most car companies in the world does not how to run its business reflects arrogance and To oppose encroachment by a successful business model globally on high wages and collaborative relations seems at odds attempts to enhance the plight of workers.

The vote, in the end, serious questions for the American labor movement and the UAW in particular. political hostility plays a but the vote reflected a lack of by Tennessee workers in the UAW. some workers were off by organized labor’s closeness to the Party and some value like guns and abortion. In sense, the defeat illustrates the political and regional polarization of society, with the UAW essentially in Tennessee as a “foreign entity” Detroit. Generally German IG workers would not, for want to be represented by the much militant French CGT union

The UAW remains scarred by its legacy of practices in Detroit, like the GM Bank, which paid workers even if they had no to do. These practices were once the company needed a bailout. Now, to attract new in new parts of the country, the UAW needs to itself as more than another special interest protecting the benefits of insiders. recognized as guardians of both incomes and companies’ productivity — in the of Germany’s pragmatic IG Metall — not be easy. A successful American union that can appeal to new must also focus as on life-long learning and skills opportunities for new members as it does on decades-old pensions and healthcare for its union veterans.

Perhaps an entirely new local established in Tennessee would be attractive to workers there. If still wants to establish a Council” at its plant. as appears they may end up engineering a more and pragmatic American labor The Volkswagen vote, in the end, how all sides must evolve, if manufacturing sector is to learn the success of a more inclusive and version of capitalism.

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