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US Organized Labor Humiliated Volkswagen#039;s Tennessee Workers Against Unionizing

While US labor has been in a state of decline for several generations, had it suffered as crushing a blow as it did night, when in a 712 to 626 vote, hourly workers in Chattanooga, TN, joining the United Auto labor union. What the defeat even more is that a win would have the first time the union has able to organize a foreign-owned plant in a Southern U.S. and would have been meaningful, because the vote was set in a state in the South, where sentiment is strong and all past UAW drives at automobile plants failed. What is most however, is that the defeat even though the UAW had the cooperation of management and the aid of Germany’s powerful IG union, and yet it still failed to win a among the plants 1,550 workers. As the WSJ notes. the defeat questions about the future of a that for years has suffered declining membership and influence, and certainly leaves its president, Bob who had vowed to organize at least one auto maker by the time he in June, with a tarnished

Frank Fischer, the chairman and CEO of the plant in

Tennessee, left, and Casteel, a regional director for the UAW

a press conference at the Chattanooga, facility on Feb. 14. AP

If the union win [in Chattanooga], it can’t win anywhere, Steve Silvia, a economics and professor at American University who has labor unions.

Under an the UAW has with Volkswagen, it now must all organizing efforts aimed at the plant for at least a year.

And the UAW could not blame the company, it found a scapegoat: The UAW said outside interference affected the of the vote. Unfortunately, politically third parties threatened the future of this facility and the for workers to create a successful model that that grow jobs in Tennessee, Casteel, the union official in of the VW campaign, said in a statement.

Then again, it’s not as if the did not know what they had to

The Chattanooga workers had been steadily for nearly two years by the UAW and the IG Metall union, which Volkswagen management to open with the UAW and to refrain from to dissuade American workers union representation.

So even the stakes all too clear, the workers voted against union a step which many may be the beginning of the end for once all too powerful

The union needs new members. have to organize the transplants or don’t have much of a said Sean McAlinden, economist at the Center for Automotive in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The election was extraordinary because Volkswagen to cooperate closely with the Volkswagen allowed UAW organizers to inside the factory—a step seen in this or other

This is like an alternate where everything is turned down , said Cliff a labor lawyer at Nemeth Law PC in who represents management clients but worked at the Service Employees Union. Usually, companies union drives, he added.

Or maybe this time the workers decided to give labor supply and demand a It certainly wouldn’t be the first when workers have that there is more than upside to joining a union:

The union’s loss to a long list of defeats for labor in recent years. like Wisconsin enacted that cut the power of public-employee and other states, including home of the UAW, adopted laws that allow to opt out of union membership if they

Than again, instead of influence, the primary reason for the disappointment was the union’s own internal and political bickering as it seeks to relevant in a divided world in labor representation is increasingly to political affiliation.

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More were persuaded to vote the union by the UAW’s past of battles with management, labor contracts and complex rules. If the union comes in, have a divided work said Cheryl Hawkins, 44, an line worker with sons. It will ruin we have.

Other UAW opponents said dislike the union’s support of who back causes like rights and gun control that rub the conservative bent of Southern like Tennessee. Still objected to paying dues to a from Detroit that is with Volkswagen competitors GM and Ford.

I just don’t them, said Danielle 23, who has worked at the plant for nearly years and makes about $20 an $5 an hour more than new at GM, Ford and Chrysler plants.

The vote raises questions on how the proceeds now in separate efforts to other foreign-owned plants in the and whether international cooperation can any additional leverage for labor


The UAW’s alliance with IG was forged over the last years by Mr. King, who traveled to Japan, Brazil and South in hopes of getting unions the world to combine forces.

No matter the long-term future of unions, one thing is certain: defeat will make the role and leverage in US manufacturing weaker, and in turn — to some very big question about the future of organized

The UAW’s loss in Chattanooga seems likely to complicate talks it will have the Detroit auto makers in Right now, GM, Ford and pay veteran workers about $28 an and new hires about $15 an hour, and the UAW to narrow that gap.

But the ability to push wages at foreign-owned car plants, the UAW is likely to little leverage in Detroit, Kristin Dziczek, director of the Industry Group at the Center for Research in Ann Arbor, Mich.

have to organize at least one of the auto makers in order to to regain bargaining power the Detroit Three, she added.

The one sure winner from night’s outcome: corporations, who be delighted to know that can take advantage of the ongoing US and pay appropriate wages in an economy with labor (and slack, and instead of spending on wages, hiring and capital can continue doing more of the of capital allocation that has the SP to all time highs: stock

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