Auto workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, TN voted against unionization with the United Auto Workers yesterday. This is a crushing defeat for the UAW who had lobbied workers at Volkswagen for years. Moreover, this defeat spells the end for the corrupt union machine that owns the Democrat Party. Especially since Volkswagen had basically green-lighted unionization of its Tennessee workforce! Germans love them some labor unions. Americans, errrr, not so much! Especially in the South! Red states have seen the disastrous results of corrupt labor unions in the North!
Liberals love to blame corporate greed on American jobs being moved overseas. But, as usual, liberals are wrong. The truth is labor unions and government are the real reasons America is bleeding jobs to China, Mexico, Brazil, India, etc. Unions and government have run more businesses away from America than any other factors. Businesses in America exist to make money, not to provide jobs. A company that continually loses money will soon go out of business unless the federal government bails it out with taxpayer dollars as Bush and Obama did with General Motors. Not surprisingly, the GM bailout cost taxpayers billions which will never be returned.
Do you think a guy who turns a wrench in America is worth $85,000 per year when a fuzzy little foreigner could turn the same wrench for a tenth of that? Thirty years ago, America pretty much had a lock on auto production and other manufacturing. Not anymore. In the global economy, America has to be competitive or close business doors.
Unions have extorted businesses and consumers with outrageous pay and benefit plans for their members for generations. Unions have also protected worthless workers by holding businesses hostage by not allowing lazy, incompetent workers to be fired for cause. The ridiculous system of union seniority protects those who have been on the job the longest rather than promote the most talented, productive and ambitious. A system that promotes laziness and incompetence when ambition and talent is needed to return America to global competitiveness.
The federal government is the other culprit in running away American jobs. Do you think China or our other global manufacturing competitors have to abide by FICA, FUI, SUI, ADA, FMLA, HIPAA, COBRA, EEOC, ObamaCare and the other shackles imposed on American businesses? If so, you’re stupid enough to be a liberal and probably belong to a union! Each of these programs imposed on American companies adds dramatically to the cost of doing business on American soil. We are already at a disadvantage.
Also, the federal government and its love of over-generous programs and laws designed to protect workers has basically replaced what labor unions once did. In reality, labor unions are mere funding machines for the Democrat Party. They extort dues from union members and buy Democrat politicians who vote to protect corrupt labor unions.
Here’s a list of political contributions from unions compared to donations from the “evil” conservative Koch Brothers: (h/t Gateway Pundit)
2.) American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees $60,667,379
4.) National Education Assn $53,594,488
7.) Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers $44,478,789
8.) United Auto Workers $41,667,858
9.) Carpenters & Joiners Union $39,260,371
10.) Service Employees International Union $38,395,690
11.) Laborers Union $37,494,010
12.) American Federation of Teachers $36,713,325
13.) Communications Workers of America $36,188,135
14.) Teamsters Union $36,123,209
16.) United Food & Commercial Workers Union $33,756,550
20.) Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union $31,313,097
23.) AFL-CIO $30,938,977
32.) National Assn of Letter Carriers $26,106,359
39.) Plumbers & Pipefitters Union $23,886,248
42.) Operating Engineers Union $23,036,848
43.) International Assn of Fire Fighters $22,963,260
46.) Sheet Metal Workers Union $22,372,978
59.) Koch Industries $18,083,948
Non-unionized employees at Volkswagen are earning about $5 per hour more than their union-represented counterparts at Ford and GM locations. So they wisely voted down the UAW and will continue to earn at the top end of their industry. Plus, their forced dues will not go to fund socialist Democrats.
Labor unions must die. For that matter, so must the federal leviathan in Washington if America is to succeed. The truth is, labor unions own the Democrat Party just like giganticc corporations own the Republicans. Politicians do not represent their constituents. They shill for their union and corporate masters. American government has devolved into a corrupt “Congressman for hire” scheme that is destroying America.
Perhaps the anti-union vote in Chattanooga shows more people are finally waking up in America. Union and government workers have for too long been isolated and protected by corrupt politicians against economic realities those of us in the private (wealth producing) sector experience! Time for drastic revamping in the way America does business! Get the unions and government out of the way and Americans will once again return to doing what we do better than anyone else in the world….produce wealth!
Die, UAW, die! And take the Democrats with you!