Mercedes-Benz Employees Tell The UAW To Get Packing
Frustrated by the lack of results brought by the UAW, a group of Mercedes-Benz employees located at their Alabama factory is seeking to replace the UAW as their partner in organizing the plant.
AL.com is reporting that two Mercedes employees who are leading the push for unionization have come out publicly against the UAW, after a long organization drive failed to produce any results. According to AL.com, as many as 30 percent of hourly workers had signed union cards, but the number was insufficient for the UAW.
Mercedes employee Jim Spitzley was critical of the union, stating
“It’s all about the image with the UAW, and it’s not about the workers,”
Spitzley and colleague Kirk Garner are courting other unions, including the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, but the AFL-CIO has granted the UAW with exclusive jurisdiction over the Alabama facility, which means that other unions can’t take over the UAW’s organization drive. Both Spitzley and Garner have asked for a change, but have received no response.
According to the two men, the UAW’s efforts have been mismanaged, but they remain committed to organizing the plant – without the UAW. After failing to organize Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant as well as other Japanese-owned plants in the South, this development is hardly a vote of confidence for the UAW, even though the desire to organize may be alive and well.
I wonder for how much longer the UAW will move around the US embarrassing itself. It seems the only ones who want them are in Detroit and the rust belt. Even then I would like to see a secret ballot held to gauge the UAW's appeal. I even bet they aren't wanted on their own turf. Maybe it's time for the UAW to modernise into the 21st century and move out of the Victorian era. There aren't 12 year old kids working in mines anymore.
>>we should atleast be honest in our fights because as it stands the strongest anti-union arguments have all crumbled under any serious scrutiny by non-partisan analysis mainly because the argument relies on the idea that the current free market system is good for workers and that it is a desirable goal to maintain.
I think unions have a place. There are certainly industries that NEED a union. But I do not think that auto manufacturing is currently one of them. 80 years ago, sure. But not today. The pay there is very good, the working conditions are safe, I fail to see what the union brings to the table for the average auto worker other than dues out of their pocket and overpaid union management. The pay scales at even the lowest paying automaker are sufficient for a typical middle-class lifestyle. Well, unless you are one of the poor guys on the shafting end of the "two-tier" wage structure in the union shops. Bet those guys just LOVE the union. Now the poor folks stuck working at Walmart - THEY need a union! Or all the single moms stuck making minimum wage at McDonalds. They need a union too. There are plenty of workers who actually ARE underpaid and borderline abused, but none of them are autoworkers.
If every state was a right-to-work state, the UAW would be dead. The only way it's able to survive is being in the few states that won't allow workers to make the voluntary choice of being in a union and paying dues. Now that Michigan went to a right-to-work and more states to follow, they're on borrowed time.