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Workers at Tennessee Volkswagen factory reject United Auto Workers union | Fox News


“VW wanted a German-style “works council” in Chattanooga to give employees a say over working conditions. The company says U.S. law won’t allow it without an independent union.”  And so you have to ask yourself why didn’t they get it.

Defeat of the union in Tennessee is said to have “stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches.”

Why would a company from a country with strong unions only “tacitly” endorse a union in America?  Perhaps it is an example of how the trade wars are really fought, with the Germans effectively colonizing America. We know that the company had the leverage to get a union in the plant in Tennessee if it wanted one there.  Governors, who are paid by taxpayers even travel to foreign countries taking gifts “paid for by private funds”1 in an effort to get foreign companies to build plants in their states.  Everyone knows the kind of incentives and the resources states are willing to put at the disposal of foreign companies.  So when the a company with unionization in all it’s other plants remains “neutral throughout the voting process”2 in Tennessee, you know the company must have been against unionization in Tennessee.  The way that southern state governments have been giving away everything (including tax abatements, and man hours paid for by taxpayers, indeed discarding their pretention that there is such a thing as a free market as they are giving advantages to people they have selected, whether it be a German auto manufacturer or a Japanese tire manufacturer) to get foreign investment, there is no way that Senator Corker and the other Republicans would have gone against Volkswagen’s wishes with the public anti-union statements they’ve made.  That is how we know that they acted on behalf of the Germans in the trade war.  In the effort to get the Yokohama tire plant in Mississippi, officials made sure that “[i]f the Japanese execs had a question about power, for example, a TVA official was quickly summoned. Bryant [Mississippi’s governor] said he and Mississippi’s U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker — not just their staffers — were available for meetings as needed.”3

1.  “Landing Clay County tire plant was no easy task” Apr. 27, 2013 – The Clarion Ledger

2.  “Workers at Tennessee Volkswagen factory reject United Auto Workers union”  Published February 15, 2014  FoxNews.com

3.  “Landing Clay County tire plant was no easy task” Apr. 27, 2013 – The Clarion Ledger

Workers at Tennessee Volkswagen factory reject United Auto Workers union | Fox News

Germans, Union to blame for Volkswagen Vote Loss



Volkswagen Vote Loss Signals Difficulty Ahead for Union Organizers | Fox Business

Published February 15, 2014

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  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.