Union Vote Loss at Volkswagen Auto Plant Blamed on Racism and Nazis
You know it had to happen. Anytime liberals and Democrats lose politically, it’s because of racism.
Timothy Noah, a contributing writer for MSNBC, claimed that the union loss at the Chattanooga Volkswagen auto plant was because union “opposition . . . portrayed this as a kind of Northern invasion, a re-fighting of the Civil War. Apparently there are not a lot of black employees in this particular plant, and so that kind of — waving the Confederate flag — was an effective strategy.”
These people are idiots. Doesn’t this guy know that millions of people living in the South are from the North, and most people in the South are not still fighting the Civil War? Of course he doesn’t know, and he doesn’t care to know.
The better answer to the union rejection is the unions themselves and union leadership and the almost wholesale support of the Democrat Party by the unions with union dues confiscated by the unions.
Then there was this bizarre feature on Fox’s “The Five”:
“Democratic strategist Bob Beckel on Tuesday joined with other pro-union pundits in blaming United Auto Workers’ stunning defeat at the hands of Volkswagen workers last week on cultural bias, going so far as to invoke the automaker’s past with Nazi Germany.”
“Let’s face it,” Beckel said on Fox News Tuesday, ‘Volkswagen has the kind of unionization it does because V.W. had a long, storied history with Hitler and the Nazis.’”
Why would people want to work at a VW if they were opposed to the company’s long association with Nazism and unionization if that’s the reason they rejected the union? Goofy.
How many of these auto workers even know Volkswagen (“People’s Car”) was originally founded in 1937 by the Nazi trade union, the German Labour Front? Actually, the first Volkswagen under Hitler is better described as the State’s Car since the plant where it was built was owned by the State. Like ObamaCare, “the entire project was financially unsound, and only the corruption and lack of accountability of the Nazi regime made it possible.”
How many Americans know anything about these and other facts, for example, that “slave labor was utilized in the Volkswagen plant”?
The Hitler/Nazi association has long since passed. It was more than 70 years ago. People want jobs. The majority of Americans aren’t going to hold a manufacturing company responsible for something that happened two generations ago. This is craziness, but it’s typical of the way Democrats argue today.
The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor and started a war with the United States. These facts haven’t stopped Americans from buying Japanese cars.
A good journalist would have interviewed people at the plant and asked those who voted why they voted the way they did. I bet the journalist would get all kinds of reasons.
The unions are bullies, and they have used their political power to make laws that make it nearly impossible for workers to join together to establish a “works council.” A works council is “a committee, common at German factories, in which white-collar and blue-collar workers elect representatives who establish policies on issues like work hours, vacations and standards for firing workers.”
Unions hate the idea of a works council because they wouldn’t be able to control the free association of workers and collect union dues to help them elect Democrats who do the bidding of the unions. The unions made them illegal, as this New York Times article indicates:
“Many American labor experts say it would be illegal under federal law for a company to establish a works council unless workers first voted to have a union represent them. Without that, a works council might be viewed as an illegal company-dominated, company-created employee group. . . .
“‘I don’t see any route to a works council without union representation under U.S. labor law,’ said Kristin Dziczek, a labor expert at the Center for Automotive Research. ‘I don’t see how that happens.’”
Can you imagine such a thing? Federal labor law says it’s illegal for a group of workers to establish a works council without first having union representatives. How do you think that law got passed?