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Workers 712, Union Thugs 626

Posted on | February 15, 2014 | 18 Comments

Big Labor suffered a “devastating defeat” Friday when workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga voted against joining the UAW. This was a personal defeat for President Obama:

President Barack Obama on Friday waded into a high-stakes union vote at Volkswagen AG’s plant in Tennessee, accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.

But it wasn’t “Republican politicians” who rejected the UAW, it was actual flesh-and-blood wage-earning factory workers:

In a defeat for organized labor in the South, employees at the Volkswagen plant here voted 712 to 626 against joining the United Automobile Workers.
The loss is an especially stinging blow for U.A.W. because Volkswagen did not even oppose the unionization drive. The union’s defeat — in what was one of the most closely watched unionization votes in decades — is expected to slow, perhaps stymie, the union’s long-term plans to organize other auto plants in the South. . . .
Standing outside the Volkswagen plant, Mike Jarvis, a three-year employee who works on the finishing line, said the majority had voted against U.A.W. because they were persuaded the union had hurt Detroit’s automakers.
“Look at what happened to the auto manufacturers in Detroit and how they struggled. They all shared one huge factor: the U.A.W.,” said Mr. Jarvis, who added that he had had bad experiences with other labor unions. “If you look at how the U.A.W’s membership has plunged, that shows they’re doing a lot wrong.”

Oh, nothing is so sweet as the Tears of Unfathomable Sadness!

 

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  • joethefatman

    Even back as far as the mid 1800s, Tennesseans resisted the idea of unions. The UAW/Obama loss really came as no surprise, to me anyway. It will come as no surprise to me when Obama’s NRLB sets aside the election and tries to impose the unionization anyway.

  • Delaney Coffer

    I particularly enjoyed hearing the usual news assclowns describe this as anti-labor.

    Bullshit. It was anti-union gang. Anti-organized crime. Anti- Ponzi scheme.

  • WarEagle82

    Don’t worry, the union will be back. They never stop. DOJ will find that employees had to show id or something to vote and overturn the results. Or they will find that employees didn’t have to show id to vote and overturn the results.

    It won’t be over until the will of the people is thrown out and the union thugs are in control.

    Obama can’t stand freedom of choice and democracy in action!

  • WJJ Hoge

    The UAW has been trying to organize an auto assembly plant in Tennessee since Nissan opened up shop in Smyrna over 30 years ago. Their only success was the now-defunct Saturn plant in Columbia.

    I’m not surprised that the VW workers didn’t want to hitch their wagon (wagen?) to a falling star.

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Well those Tennesee workers can see what great benefits the UAW brought to workers in Michigan. And the UAW wonders why they are voting this deal down?

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    A win by more than 6% of the vote is a strong one, but still surprisingly close for the South, where union victories are rare. Volkswagen didn’t fight the union election because they want to keep their German workers happy.

    If Obama moved any votes, it appears to have been against the union, so that’s a plus.

    But from a high of over a third of the private labor force, union membership has fallen to around 5-6%. The big threat now is public employee unions who can negotiate fat contracts because “management” doesn’t have to either make a profit or pay the costs. It needs to be outlawed – even FDR said so!

  • Kirby McCain

    Unions, mafia, they were synonymous when we were growing up. The only thing that has changed is the way the media portrays them.

  • NeoWayland

    Amazing what free choice shows.

  • Kirby McCain

    The ‘food stamps’ President has no pull with working people? Do tell.

  • cmdr358

    BINGO!

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    The Mafia took over the Unions from the Left primarily after Prohibition was repealed, as they were looking for ‘new fields to conquer’. During their reign, the vast majority of Unions were quite ant-Communist. But, with he collapse of the Mafia, the Left moved back-in and now most of them are run by Communists.

  • http://thecampofthesaints.org Bob Belvedere

    He* [or should I say, 'his puppeteers'] believe a coalition between Elites and non-working / government dependent people will keep them in power.

    ______
    *’Barack Hussein Obama’ is a fictional character created by Barry Soetero, Valerie Jarrett, David Axelrod, Bill Ayers, etc..

  • james james

    omg wtf the prez was right… wouldnt you want american workers to get the best and be treated with respect and have a say in what is going on. or would you like our workers to enjoy the working conditions and pay like they do in other nations. or would we like to keep worker safety and pay and things like that on the up and up and so we all know that our job dont treat us like a number. without the worker who is the consumer being paid right and treated right can a nation really grow. without the worker-consumer there is no economy

  • http://unix-jedi.livejournal.com Unix-Jedi

    have a say in what is going on.

    Well, yes, that’s why we’re glad the union failed.

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  • Quartermaster

    Saturn was unionized when it was opened as GM was already unionized.

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