New Union Goes Up Against UAW For Chattanooga VW Plant
In response to the United Auto Workers establishing a union local in Chattanooga, Tenn., anti-UAW Volkswagen employees have begun the process of forming their own union.
Reuters reports Mike Burton, who helped in the effort to defeat the UAW’s attempt to unionize the VW plant in Chattanooga earlier this year, is leading the charge for what he says will be the first local of the American Council of Employees. He claims that since the UAW lost in February, VW has strengthened its ties to the union, and wants ACE to become the alternative to Local 42, the local established by ACE’s opponents last month.
Meanwhile, UAW secretary-treasurer Gary Casteel believes Burton’s counterattack doesn’t have much of a chance because of the consensus between his union and the automaker, proclaiming Local 42 has “substantially more than 700 members” from the 1,500 hourly employees who work the floor in Chattanooga. He added that it would be up to VW to recognize ACE.
Though VW has said nothing regarding ACE thus far, it has repeatedly supported the establishment of a works council at its sole U.S. factory.
Is it possible there are individuals who see benefits of union representation but see the UAW in a negative light?
Stepping back from this a bit, and the UAW's tunnel vision is rather obvious. While the UAW has been fighting The Battle of Chattanooga, both Mazda and Kia have skipped the US altogether for new plants, made a run for the border, and I'd expect they're not going to be the last. All the UAW/VW skirmish has done is make companies cognizant of exactly how attractive Mexico is for assembly. So the UAW will get into Chattanooga one way or another, and the US will get no more plants. Yeah, that's a good deal.
I find it a real pity that the Right has to stoop down to the level of the socialist intestinal worms in the UAW and form a Union as such. I do believe a person should be able to tell someone to "Get the f4ck out of my space and leave me alone in this world". This is what I call freedom of choice. But to have two competing groups based on paradigms is akin to a religious war. But to have the right form a group is pathetic and takes away from the individual. Unions shouldn't be allow to seek the taxation of individuals either with their exise dues on monthly pay packet either. Unions shouldn't be allow to contribute to polticial parties, nor should any business. Unions should be manned by volunteers. With no money involved. But unions like any large institutionalised organization are in it for the power and not the worker, no different than any other institution. Tell them all to get f4cked.
Isn't the real issue here that the workers are being told they'll have a union whether they want one or not? This may be their only chance to avoid becoming pawns of organized crime. Their vote isn't being respected by the thugs, so this may be their only move left.