QOTD: Should Southern Auto Plants Unionize?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Matt went long on the UAW's drive to unionize auto plants located in the American South.

I don't need to recap pro- and anti-union arguments -- you know them by now. What I am curious about is this: Do you think unionization of these plants would be a good thing, or a bad thing? For example, does unionization buoy the local economy by giving workers more money to spend? Or maybe it will harm car buyers by potentially raising sticker prices?

I have my stance -- I won't prejudice the commentariat by sharing it. What I am is curious where our readership stands on this.

This is obviously a fraught and divisive issue that ties into larger political debates, so I ask of you: PLEASE PLAY NICE. Debate politely and civilly like the adults you (presumably) are. The banhammer is poised and ready.

Sound off below.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • 3-On-The-Tree 3-On-The-Tree on Apr 22, 2024

    I totally agree. You have my respect as well.

  • 3-On-The-Tree 3-On-The-Tree on Apr 22, 2024


    I agree as well. I’m 100% permanent a total disabled and get VA disability and retirement pay. In all honesty I wanted to pull the pin multiple times because of how hard it was on the family but like you said the retirement was well worth it. And your other point was also spot on about our police and EMS personnel being honorable occupations. My son is in pre nursing at the University of Az, and in my other life I was a firefighter EMT, Army Reserve Medic enlisted.

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    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Apr 23, 2024

      If one looks at a list of most trusted/respected occupations to least trusted: nursing, paramedics and firefighters are usually at the top.

  • 3-On-The-Tree 3-On-The-Tree on Apr 23, 2024


    I was an Apache pilot and after my second back surgery I was medically boarded off of flying status due to vibrations, climbing on and off aircraft, so I was given the choice of getting out or re-branching so I switched to Military Intel. Yes your right if you can’t perform your out doesn’t matter if your at 17 years. Dad always said your just a number, he was a retired command master chief 25 years.

  • 3-On-The-Tree 3-On-The-Tree on Apr 23, 2024


    And at the top for critical shortage’s to include law enforcement.