Published February 15, 2014
Dow Jones Newswires
Anybody notice how parts of America’s south has become Germany’s colony? It is apparent that Germany sees the U.S. as a place too primitive for worker involvement in management. The Germans pretend to favor unionization in America. Oh, they say that they “ wanted the [Tennessee]plant workers to form a works council, which is a committee of employees who would give management feedback on running the plant. Works councils are the norm in Germany.” However, oddly enough, this arrangement didn’t come as a given with the plant when the Germans decided to locate the plant in Tennessee.
This is partly the consequence of an American labor movement too inept to press the matter at the start of the process. However, this ineptitude has a beneficiary within the movement. This beneficiary is a labor hierarchy which profits from not educating its membership on labor arrangements which have worked so well in other countries. An educated membership could be active in disseminating the information on successful labor movement design to the general public. The hierarchy in the American labor movement actually benefits in terms of prestige and financially from not having to answer to a more knowledgeable rank-and-file which would be more capable of demanding more turnover in leadership, a turnover beneficial to democracy within the union movement itself and to democracy in America as labor would be a more formidable counterbalance to capital which is content to offshore profits and outsource jobs.
But this defeat of unionization is also the consequence of Germans content to see laborers in another country not have the kind of participation in corporate governance that German workers have. This actually makes American workers almost like vassals to the German workers, dependents of the German workers who are on the co-determined boards of the corporations that employ Americans.
In the end, if you can’t convince workers that what’s good enough for millionaires, the NFL, MLB, the NHL, and the NBA, is good enough for every day wage earners, if you can’t convince workers that unions are good things then maybe you should change the product by truly educating the content, the workers.