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

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Gets a Lesson About Exceptionalism

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, raises questions for the American industrial movement and the UAW in particular. Local hostility plays a part, but the reflected a lack of confidence by workers in the UAW. Perhaps workers were turned off by labor’s closeness to the Democratic and some value issues guns and …. In that the defeat illustrates the broader and regional polarization of American with the UAW essentially viewed in as a “foreign entity” from Generally German IG Metall would not, for instance, to be represented by the much more French CGT union either.

The UAW scarred by its legacy of feather-bedding in Detroit, like the GM Jobs which paid unionized even if they had no work to do. practices were eliminated the company needed a government Now, to attract new members in new of the country, the UAW needs to present as more than just special interest group the benefits of insiders. Becoming as guardians of both workers’ and companies’ productivity — in the mold of pragmatic IG Metall — will not be A successful American industrial that can appeal to new members also focus as much on learning and skills upgrading for new members as it does on maintaining pensions and healthcare benefits for its 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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