By on June 9, 2014

UAW + UniteHere Protest June 2014

Though the United Auto Worker’s fight for organization of the transplants in the Southeastern United States rages on, the union will not be taking as much from its war chest to fund the fight than in previous years.

The Detroit News reports UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel informed reporters at the end of the 36th UAW Constitutional Convention that there would be news this week of the union’s plan to organize the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Ala. despite the lack of support for the UAW. He also says he will remain in Tennessee to help with the renewed fight for the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, where the union lost in a contentious election back in February amid allegations of anti-union interference.

As for what those plans entail, or how much less the union was willing to spend on them, Casteel did not offer specifics; the UAW spent $15 million under the term of former union president Bob King, whose term ended with the election of new president and former secretary-treasurer Dennis Williams. He also said his union would not be affected by Canadian labor union Unifor’s efforts to organize Toyota’s plants in Ontario, nor did he believe if Chattanooga had been won, all of the remaining transplants would soon follow:

I don’t really believe in the domino effect. If Volkswagen had been successful, I didn’t see this domino effect with the other transnationals and vice-versa.

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21 Comments on “UAW Will Spend Less On Transplant Organization Campaigns...”


  • avatar
    carveman

    The UAW’s shenanigans are harming the big three’s image. I would guess there is a fair number of potential buyers who would buy American in a heart beat but would not purchase UAW because of their blatant political stands. Unfortunately for the rank and file they will have the carcass of Obamas legacy around their neck for some time.

    • 0 avatar
      Xeranar

      I’m just going to go with…. Citation please?

      Obama won 2 elections thus far. His legacy is generally positive, the albatross you claim is only visible to the minority who lost.

      • 0 avatar
        George B

        Really hard to track down consumer opinion about cars built by the UAW, but if it was net positive I would expect automakers or dealers to promote the UAW connection in advertising. GM dealers proudly tell me the Tahoe is built in Arlington, TX, but they make no mention of the UAW.

        Obama the celebrity political candidate is more popular than the actual job performance President Obama.
        http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval_foreign_policy-2821.html
        Rule of law has taken a beating during his time in office. Political supporters like the UAW get special good treatment, bailout ahead of secured creditors, in an unusual bankruptcy different from normal chapter 11 restructuring. Political opponents lose time and money in punishment by process.

        • 0 avatar
          Big Al from Oz

          @George B
          It seems globally there are few good politicians at the moment on both sides of the fence.

          I like Merkel at the moment.

          Even in Australia we don’t have a good breadth of political ability.

  • avatar
    redav

    I’m glad to see them reconsider strategy because what they were doing wasn’t working–for anyone.

    However, I’m still bothered by their attitude of entitlement. Instead of acknowledging they have a product to sell & selling it to those who want to buy it, they try to ram it through everywhere, regardless of situation.

  • avatar
    Kenmore

    They might want to lose the red fist from the logo. In fact, lose that logo altogether. The little people linking hands looks too UNICEF.

  • avatar
    65corvair

    I have nothing against unions, just the UAW. My next car will be a U.S. car, not a UAW car. I hope the UAW figures it out before it’s too late. Resect the golden goose and represent the worker.

  • avatar
    Xeranar

    The constant UAW bashing never gets old in this crowd. I’ll just point out that the Vance plant per a TTAC article has 30% of workers signing cards already. They aren’t exactly getting the cold shoulder. The system is more complex than simple economic arguments, you have culture, you ignorance, you have an active political organization and corporate management fighting against them.

    But time will tell. Though it seems to be on the side of the UAW and the left in general.

    • 0 avatar
      Kenmore

      “The constant UAW bashing never gets old in this crowd.”

      Ernie hates saunas, hates ‘em like plague.

      But he enters one several times each day just to bitch about the heat and insult the occupants.

      Is Ernie a d1ck or just forgetful?

    • 0 avatar
      Xeranar

      Well to be fair, I like being a thorn in your side as much as you and your crowd like to complain about the UAW. I would explain the marketplace of ideas to you but I think you understand this isn’t the corner bar or a private club.

      But if we’re talking about Ernie, I don’t know why he would insult the occupants, if he hates the sauna. But then again poor analogies are always hard to relate to. If anything Ernie could hate saunas and frequent a website that talks about exercise and water-related activities so that whenever a Sauna article comes up he reflects on the issues with Saunas. But in this particularly case it would be a situation where the anti-UAW crowd would be Ernie and I more or less would be an insulted occupant.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        @Xeranar
        It thought after my rant the other day you would move away from the ‘Dark Side’ and become a Jedi again ;)

      • 0 avatar
        Kenmore

        Ernie,
        You’re not very skillful at Mental Twister. You end up needing frequent shampoos and it hurts when you sit.

        • 0 avatar
          Xeranar

          Don’t worry, kenny. Years ago I learned when people try to play off your intellectual remarks with silly responses they represent no threat. You’re just my big bisque friend who likes to be silly.

          Not that I don’t chuckle…I mean if you can be funny or right you definitely chose well. ;)

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    Many on TTAC would consider me anti-UAW, but I’m not, really.

    I’m against poor and selfish judgment.

    The UAW really needs to find a platform to reassure potential rank and file personnel it can deliver.

    When I say deliver, I mean the UAW must be able to show that it can not only deliver to the rank and file, but also to the auto manufacturers.

    The demise of Detroit was one of the biggest blows to the UAW. Many assume that the greed of the UAW is partly to blame, and rightly so.

    It’s also apparent to the potential rank and file personnel the support the taxpayer had to give to the UAW due to exceptionally poor and selfish work arrangements.

    Maybe they don’t want the ‘South’ to be another Detroit.

    Really is Detroit a great example of management? People see this around the globe.

  • avatar
    05lgt

    I believe there are some politicians who are better than others. I’m not talking about left vs. right idiological differences, more like term ends in jail thieves and traitors vs more able stewards of our trust. My disgust with the UAW isn’t because they’re Obama or Reagan, but rather that they’re Rob Ford of Toronto.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @05lgt – +2.

      Just don’t mention Ernie.

      I’m not personally anti-union but I am against union stupidity or what appears to be union stupidity.

      I recall an expert referring to the Big 3 as retirements trusts masquerading as car companies. This was probably a decade before the great recession. The guy stated that the way Detroit and the UAW did business was unsustainable.

      In BC we see teachers wanting better wages and improved classroom ratio’s and it would most likely benefit everyone except the taxpayers if there was success in their favour. Unfortunately they make themselves looks like greedy lazy idiots. It doesn’t help when most feel that the education system isn’t doing a very good job of educating.
      Bottom line…teachers are bombing in the court of public opinion.
      On the other hand we see the Nurses union pushing for improved nurse/patient ratio’s, modest wage gains and modest benefit gains and are publicly seen as health care hero’s.
      Both are after the same thing.

      The USA is far from being out of recession and some are saying they are slipping back into one. That in itself makes it tough to ask for more. The UAW has done a very poor job of marketing themselves.

      I’m surprised that the Left hasn’t blamed the UAW’s desire to get paid more than they are worth on Henry Ford since he was the one that paid autoworkers more than they were worth to ensure a stable work force.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        @Lou_BC
        You wouldn’t believe one of my best friends was a shop steward.

        Anyway, what I don’t like about some unions (and commenters on these sites) is the fanboi like dedication to a political party or institution. Militancy is like fanboism.

        I’m not as ‘radical’ as you would think ;)

  • avatar
    Dirty Dingus McGee

    I am a partner in a small company that does specialized work on specific types of manufacturing equipment. Over the last couple of years we had some work in a plant that was represented by the UAW. It is in a “right to work” state, so not everyone is a member of the local. There were however some there that were major union supporters, as evidence by words and actions. When one in particular found that we are NOT unionized, the cooperation level we had been receiving dropped to nothing. We had to go up the food chain and have another person assigned to assist us.

    It became easier to spot the hard core union supporters. They were the ones wearing shirts and hats supporting the union, never one supporting the company. Got me to wondering if perhaps they thought the union was the one that was paying them, as opposed to the company that actually signed their check.

    I have no problem if someone wants to support a union. In my mind you are letting your employer know that you don’t have the ability to think independently, and are likely best suited for the one task you have been trained on. Someone who wants to advance in a corporate structure, other than the union hierarchy, will likely not stay at this company for a long time. And for those who might think I have no idea what unions really do, I have in years past worked in different companies; 1 was represented bu the machinist union, anther by the steelworkes. When I left either of those companies, I found better pay and nearly identical working conditions, with far greater opportunities for advancement. It may have required a move to a new state, or region of the same state, but if you wanna grow you better be ready to go.

    Thats just my $.02, your opposing opinion is worth the same.


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