[Marxism] VW to UAW: So Long Partner? » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Feb 19 10:13:58 MST 2014


Will UAW Disappear?

U.S. unions today really are caught between a rock and hard place, 
damned if they do, damned if they don’t. If they market themselves as a 
de facto doormat for management, they lose some rank-and-file votes 
doing that. If union members dare to struggle–resisting contract 
concessions and going on strike–their workplace militancy risks 
alienating other non-union workers, not to mention supplying management 
with an alternative rap about the downside of union membership.

The results in Chattanooga are not much of a testimonial to the lap dog 
approach. Among the questionable provisions of the ill-fated UAW deal 
with VW is a promise by the union to “discontinue all organizing 
activities at the Chattanooga Plant,” in the event of an election loss, 
and “not engage in or resume any organizing” there “for a period of one 
year” from the date of its defeat.

No anti-union consultant could have come up with more damaging verbiage, 
painting “the union” as a “third party” external to the workplace and 
divorced from the interests and needs of those employed there. Lets hope 
the UAW bounces back from its near miss last Friday by ignoring this 
employer-mandated withdrawal of organizational support for those VW 
workers brave enough to buck the Bob Corker crowd, now and in the future.

full: http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/19/vw-to-uaw-so-long-partner/




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