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AP: UAW Falls 87 Votes Short Of Major Victory

From a sobbing Associated Press:

UAW falls 87 votes short of major victory in South

By ERIK SCHELZIG and TOM KRISHER | February 15, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Just 87 votes at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee separated the United Auto Workers union from what would have been its first successful organization of workers at a foreign automaker in the South.

Still, it is quite disturbing that 47% were in favor of joining the UAW only five and a half years after the UAW drove GM and Chrysler into bankruptcy. And if ‘Card Check’ had been in effect, enough workers might have been intimidated by the union thugs to vote the right way.

However, the losing margin was actually greater, since about 100 employees chose not to vote. And not voting was a tacit “NO” vote. So only 41% voted for the union. Which is a pretty big defeat, especially given that VW welcomed the UAW into its facilities and allowed open union recruitment on the floor of the plant.

And, the AP never mentions that the unions poured over $1.7 million dollars into the effort. And it’s also surprising because Mr. Obama told us that everyone, except the local Tennessee politicians, supports unionization.

Instead of celebrating a potential watershed moment for labor politics in the region, UAW supporters were left crestfallen by the 712-626 vote against union representation in the election that ended Friday night.

Why wasn’t it a ‘watershed moment’ that the UAW was defeated? It wasn’t a watershed moment for Chattanooga, who may have avoided Detroit’s fate?

The result stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches…

It wasn’t a watershed moment that even when the UAW had everything going for them, they couldn’t win?

Organizing a Southern plant is so crucial to the union that UAW President Bob King told workers in a speech that the union has no long-term future without it. The loss means the union remains largely quarantined with the Detroit Three in the Midwest and Northeast…

If the UAW are so wonderful, doesn’t being unionized give the ‘Detroit Three’ a huge advantage in competing with foreign car makers?

After 53 percent of the workers voted against his union, King said he was outraged at what he called "outside interference" in the election. He wouldn’t rule out challenging the outcome with the National Labor Relations Board.

"It’s never happened in this country before that the U.S. senator, the governor, the leader of the House, the legislature here, threatened the company with no incentives, threatened workers with a loss of product," King said…

None of that actually happened. There were no threats from anyone. Though the President of the United States did announce right before the day of the vote that he wanted them to unionize. Which, of course, is unprecedented.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, February 17th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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