Friday, February 21, 2014
The auto union lost in Tennessee, U.S.
Recently the auto union workers tried to organize a union in the deep south of the United States with seemingly everything riding on it and lost it very closely. Although some may say that it was a devastating blow to the union's effort to organize workers in states which have been traditionally anti union but you can say that not all is lost since the vote came out to be very close. The defeat was a combination of state representatives being against unions and the unions not doing their homework correctly. The scare tactics that were used to scare away potential yes votes were the fear of jobs and also the fact that the Unions membership is declining in Michigan and other places and it is being blamed for the decline of the U.S. auto industry. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen but for now the unions are being blamed for more than enough of their share. The unions have been a great source of middle class movement for many families but it was really a long time ago when the competition was less and they could dictate what kind of benefits they can have. The unions are still living in a fantasy world where the U.S. is the only source of autos and the workers can dictate whatever wages they want. The world is not too competitive for the Unions to dictate their terms as easily as they did in the past. Any country with some knowhow of how to make autos is making them and the wages are not that much high in other countries as well.