Posted on | February 17, 2014 | 39 Comments
Stacy already covered the delightful news about organized crime–I mean, UAW–getting told to twerk off in Chattanooga, TN by a vote of 712 to 626. The schadenfreude-licious fact missing from Stacy’s writeup is (emphasis mine)
VW didn’t fight the UAW campaign, which may have cost as much as $5 million and lasted more than two years, said Gary Chaison, a labor law professor at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.
A victory would have added momentum as the UAW seeks to sign up workers at a Daimler AG factory in Vance, Ala., and other foreign automakers, known as transplants, that settled in the southern United States to take advantage of tax breaks, non-union labor and easy access to market.
Now, the UAW must regroup, he said.
This is nearly as good as Wisconsin rejecting public sector union efforts to unseat Governor Walker. Kudos all around.
I should say that private sector unions had their historical place, and I support the right of workers to vote for unions to pick their pockets, distort the labor market, and scare away jobs to whatever degree workers see fit. However, factors such as OSHA and social media seem to have really blown up the use-case for unions, and it cheers the heart to see these Tennessee Volunteers not volunteering for auto-economic asphyxiation. (Is the UAW, itself, auto-economic asphyxiation? Now there’s a gag that we should explore. (Do you ever feel like your jokes may be swerving all over the road?))
In other don’t-unions-just-suck news, the EvilDiabolicalSatanic Koch brothers
OpenSecrets.org tallied the top donors in federal elections between 1989 and 2014. Koch Industries — privately owned by the Evil Koch Bros — is on the list, to be sure, but doesn’t appear until the 59th slot, with $18 million in donations, 90 percent of which went to Republicans.
So who occupies the 58 spots ahead of the Evil Koch Bros? Six of the top 10 are … wait for it … unions. They gave more than $278 million, with most of it going to Democrats.
These are familiar names: AFSCME ($60.6 million), NEA ($53.5 million), IBEW ($44.4 million), UAW ($41.6 million), Carpenters & Joiners ($39.2 million) and SEIU ($38.3 million).
In other words, the six biggest union donors in American politics gave 15 times more to mostly Democrats than the Evil Koch Bros.
In summary, kids, remember: a union is a corporation without a product, and a political party is a union that strikes at elections. And, by the way: my family owns two VW TDI diesels, and they are outstanding little units.