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