If They Just Knew What Was Good For Them….
Bill Quick

Defeat of Auto Union in Tennessee Casts Its Strategy Into Doubt – NYTimes.com

After the votes were counted, Mike Burton and Mike Jarvis stood outside the VW plant wearing T-shirts with a line struck through the letters U.A.W. Mr. Jarvis said most workers had voted against the U.A.W. because they were convinced it had hurt Detroit’s automakers.

Mr. Burton, leader of the anti-union employees, said, “A lot of us came to work here because it didn’t have a union.”

This.  The Marxist hack running the UAW is outraged at his loss to people like these guys.  I expect at any moment to hear him start ranting about False Consciousness.

Meanwhile, it’s your feel-good story for the day.

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


If They Just Knew What Was Good For Them…. — 1 Comment

  1. When times were really, really good for the U.S. automakers, of course – mostly post-W.W. II until the late-70′s/early-80′s – they could afford to generally indulge the U.A.W.’s “worker initiatives” – they simply jacked the prices up, cheapened the product wherever possible without diminishing sales too steeply, and motored on. When the foreign companies – chiefly the Japanese, then others as well – finally gained a ‘domestic-based” toehold, and especially as those companies’ U.S. plants successfully resisted U.A.W. “organization”, times got pretty rapidly tougher for the heavily-unionized U.S. companies – and everybody who bothered to watch saw the results: After awhile, the economic “facts of life” set in – and the U.A.W. went from “auto-workers’ best friend” to “job-security’s No. 1 enemy” – as the U.S. outfits lost market share, closed plants, “laid off” (in actuality, fired) more and more union members while further and further automating production.

    It’s a certainty that a lot of those TN VW guys, for instance, saw just what happened when the U.A.W. finally managed to get into the Spring Hill (TN) Saturn plant, which had started out in 1990 as G.M.’s only non-unionized U.S. production facility, in early 2004: After over a decade of relatively quite stable workforce and uniformly high-quality production, within three years Spring Hill was just another G.M. operation, with periodic “idlings” as production was subjected to the same “reorganization” as elsewhere, and workforce stability – and the relative quality of the product – deteriorated. The primary vehicle-assembly part of the facility, for instance, was “idled” in 2009, with 2,500 workers laid off – their jobs gone to another G.M. plant, in MI – and stayed that way until 2011.

    The VW people learned the lesson: When the union gets in, the workers’ future goes up for grabs – you simply can’t build as good a product, at as low cost as before, and your job may easily go away for years – or for ever – as a direct result. Union labor costs more – the union, after all, becomes an “added cost”, as workers must pay dues, are required to pay into “strike-benefit funds”, etc. and union negotiators press for higher compensation to cover those costs, plus higher pay and additional benefits for the workforce (so the union reps/officials “justify” THEIR pay and bennies), plus the work rules change, with greater costs to the company as the end result.

    The bad, old days in auto plants – when the unions really were useful to the workforce – are long gone; that was pretty much over in the late-50′s, over for good by the mid-60′s/early-70′s. The nature of the workforce itself has changed – there are few-to-no jobs in a modern auto factory that are less than semi-skilled; an ever-increasing proportion are skilled trades, and automation and robotics have taken over just about all of the “pick it up and put it on”, learn-it-in-a-half-a-shift tasks and many of the semi-skilled ones as well.

    Those TN VW people know that – both the “line” people AND the management people. The plant needs the workers as much as the workers need the plant, which means the pay and bennies are, in general, adequate or even better – and neither really needs the union.

    It ain’t their Daddy’s kind of job anymore – they don’t need-or want-their Daddy’s union.