By on January 13, 2011

Whoa! Is there a doctor in the house? We seem to have a bit of a situation here. UAW’s President Bob King threatened that the union will label anti-union companies as human-rights abusers.

“If a company makes the bad business decision to engage in anti-union activity, suppress the rights of freedom of speech and assembly, we will launch a global campaign to brand that company a human-rights violator,” King said today during a speech in Detroit, while Bloomberg was taking notes. Is King alright?

King is trying to organize the U.S. factories of Asian and German automakers. So after he labeled them as human rights abusers, what will he do then? Call the United Nations? Or how about all-out war? It has been done before.

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30 Comments on “UAW: Asian and German Automakers Abuse Human Rights...”


  • avatar
    NotFast

    Communist China has been violating human rights for many years but that hasn’t stopped them from being a favored trading partner of the United States.  The US hasn’t championed human rights, so why should the UAW take up that torch?

  • avatar
    daviel

    Maybe he ought to work on full employment over here.

  • avatar
    Ironghost

    They’re so cute when they know their way of life is being threatened.  I’ve never believed the UAW has any concern for the average worker, just how much money the UAW can extort from them.

    • 0 avatar
      pgcooldad

      For around $800.00 a year we lowly UAW members are sure getting a bargain for the benefits we get and they can keep “extorting” it out of our pay check all they want.

      Remember, if we don’t like paying union dues we can quit and go elsewhere for better benefits.

    • 0 avatar
      gslippy

      @pgcooldad:

      Likewise, all those ‘downtrodden’ workers at the transplants should be crying out about how abused they are.  The silence is deafening.

  • avatar
    N Number

    The first amendment specifies:
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    I don’t see how Congress has passed any law preventing people from assembling.  The Constitution doesn’t say anything about an automaker and its employees.  If workers want to work in a union or non-union shop, they have the right to choose.  If they do not like the place they are working, they have the right to choose to leave.  No, no, UAW.  Individuals, rather than their employers OR unions, have ultimate control over their destinies.

  • avatar
    MidLifeCelica

    It seems to me (disclaimer:I am not an American citizen) that if a company expressly forbade their employees from talking to the UAW, or from discussing it amongst themselves, then THAT would be a violation of the constitution. However, I think the UAW wants much more than that. It’s not a violation of human rights if your company tells you can’t have an all-day UAW pep rally during business hours. It’s actually an expression of free speech if management tells their employees about their views on the UAW, even if they are negative. What the UAW seems to want is unlimited free speech for themselves, but not for anyone else.

    • 0 avatar
      N Number

      The Constitution was meant to protect people from their government, not so much from their employers.  Other laws came along that addressed those issues.
       
      No company can violate an employees human rights except at the point of a gun (or any weapon or threat of physical harm).  We don’t see that so much anymore in the US, but I’m sure it’s rampant in other parts of the world.  If an employee is somehow compelled by a company to work in an unsafe environment or is not being compensated properly, it is his duty to bring it to the attention of the company and if things are not corrected, it is the employee’s duty to himself to leave.  I know it’s not always so cut-and-dry, but boil it down and that’s where it stands.
       
      Your last statement about the UAW and free speech is dead on.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    If a company makes the bad business decision to engage in anti-union activity, suppress the rights of freedom of speech and assembly, we will launch a global campaign to brand that company a human-rights violator

    You know what?  Sure.  Do it.  Please, be my guest.  All I ask—and I know this is tough—is that you look under every rock, rather than just the pet ones.  I say this because the list of multinationals (heck, and more than a few intranationals) with blood on their hands is very, very long.

    I say this because any such campaign that just happens to pick on Toyota or Hyundai while wholly ignoring GM’s operations in China (for example, but there are others) runs the risk of being self-defeating through hypocrisy.

    • 0 avatar
      Contrarian

      The multinationals are amatuers compared to the three top mass murderers in human history. Please note that all three are socialists/marxist states:

      61,911,000 Murdered: The Soviet Gulag State (with Chernobyl for dessert)
      35,236,000 Murdered: The Communist Chinese Ant Hill
      20,946,000 Murdered: The Nazi (National Socialist German Workers Party) Genocide State

      Now back to our regular programming.

    • 0 avatar

      Even those HUGELY inflated Black Book/Rummel numbers would put all of those evil commies (Which the Nazis weren’t, by the way, but it’s pretty clear you’re not too big into history) in the bush leagues compared to the British Empire, which murdered over 100 million people in India alone so their system of mercantile capitalism could thrive.

      In fact, the British killed so many it’s nearly impossible to get a concrete number. We’re talking potentially half a billion people, and that’s not counting those killed by proxies, nor is it even considering the people who are often still suffering today due to the fallout.

      I think you should take a break from your regular programming of Beck and Limbaugh and try reading some history books.
       

    • 0 avatar
      Acubra

      @Contrarian
      Now could you please refer to reliable _historical_ documents that you pulled your numbers from?

    • 0 avatar
      Contrarian

      Here’s one with similar numbers, although they basically transpose Mao’s and Stalin’s helmet count (can’t remember where I found the origial numbers). I’m sure historians can argue until the end of time what the "real" numbers are. Suffice it to say, they’re appalling, and more than any evil car company could manage to inflict on the world. Just trying to point out who in history really has the blood on their hands.

      Original data from Piero Scaruffi

      http://westtnliving.wordpress.com/2008/10/24/worst-genocides-of-the-20th-century-data-compiled-by-piero-scaruffi/

  • avatar
    CarPerson

    No surprise here.

    The traffic camera companies decided that people that oppose the cameras are racist. They tried this in Texas and the backlash was immediate and rightly so. It has always been proven the cameras hit minorities the hardest.

  • avatar
    FleetofWheel

    Nothing wrong with the UAW contacting transplant auto workers (after hours) and presenting their case. Those workers are well fed, physically secure and capable of responding to unionizing appeals as they wish.
     
    Let’s see King target some non-unionized shops that make clothes for big name, left-of-center designers and Hollywood celebrities. Let’s see the faces of those people making the glittery handbags and get them on camera along with the garment’s namesake celebrity.

  • avatar
    newfdawg

    Did Bob King go off his meds?  Alleging that German and Asian automobile companies operating in the United States are human rights abusers?  I have not heard of any workers at the foreign
    owned automotive plants in the United States were shackled to their machines, or being abused
    for that matter.  Most seem rather happy; if the UAW is so concerned about abuses of human rights they should be focusing their attention on GM owned plants in China. This is hypocrisy at its finest.

  • avatar
    Jimal

    If Bob King were to, I dunno, go over to China and successfully organize a company like Foxconn Technology Group, I would recommend him for the Nobel Peace Prize.
     
    This is nothing more than blathering on…

  • avatar
    mikey

     As long as my pension and union benifits keep coming,you guys will have to excuse me if I don’t join you with our weekly UAW bash.

    • 0 avatar
      Jimal

      And as long as your pension and union benefits keep coming, I don’t see why you would join in our weekly UAW bash. There is nothing wrong with not biting the hand that feeds…

  • avatar
    Contrarian

    Maybe, like the SEIU did, the UAW will hire some non-union workers to protest the plants being non-union and human rights violators. Since the plants are Asian and German in origin, they can counter that the UAW is racist. And the circle will be complete. It’s how things are done nowadays.

  • avatar
    probert

    Although the annual bonuses of wallstreet hedge funders  -in  1 year, is greater than  all the earnings of the uaw for the past 50 years – and they produce nothing  -And,  Although the tax code has put 95% of the country’s wealth in the hands of 3% of the population-
    we will publish these articles. I like to think of them as a genre known as:   “Bertel Pops a Nut” or “The Cuntry Club Villagers get Pitchforks”.
    Your tunnel vision self interest does you no favors. Put down the whiskey and think about it for a minute.
     
     

  • avatar
    Invisible

    Good ole Bob King just wants to ensure that every worker has the right to smoke pot and get drunk during their lunch break.

  • avatar
    joe_thousandaire

    If a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it…
    Kinda reminds me of when Berkley CA, or some other powerless smug-ville passes a resolution to declare G.W.B a war criminal or condemn the Israeli government. It may be possible that Bob King didn’t entirely read into whatever powers he does or doesn’t posses as UAW president when he was elected. Someone needs to bring him up to speed before he commands his minions to build him an army of terracotta warriors or tries to invoke the right of primae noctis.

  • avatar
    mcs

    King should organize the non-union Mexican auto plants. They should have no trouble getting access to the workers since they partially own the plants. Traveling to Mexico for protests wouldn’t be needed since they could simply setup picket lines around the cubicles of the people managing the VEBA accounts right in their own building.

    • 0 avatar
      mikey

      @ mcs..So what are you saying? The UAW as partial owner of GM and Chrysler own a piece of the Mexican plants. Fair enough…I don’t follow the rest of your post. Are you saying the UAW is using undocumented workers at the VEBA office? Or maybe the UAW hired proper documented Mexican Americans to manage the VEBA?

  • avatar
    Tommy Boy

    Bob King’s schtick is straight out of Orwell.  He knows that the transplants adhere to U.S. law (as enacted by that right-wing hero FDR), so he has to fabricate some amorphous international “human rights” violations to make it appear that the self-aggrandizing UAW is actually motivated by “justice.”
     
    Of course, he has no problem with “card check” and “neutrality agreements” in which workers are corralled into union dues paying serfdom via a deliberate denial of secret ballots and/or informed consent (via only hearing the union’s sales pitch), and if that doesn’t work intimidation and fraud.
     
    Neither have we seen him support unions having to periodically face reelection via secret ballot elections.
     
    Neither would we see the UAW disclose to prospective members (e.g., the patriotic workers in the South) that Bob King (like SEIU) is tied-in with radical far-Left / anti-American agenda, and supports far-Left candidates, and that this is what their dues would be supporting.

    Follow the money, the UAW is a quasi-Marxist organization seeking to aid the “progressive” Obama and his ilk in their “fundamental transformation of the United States of America.”


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