Big Labor Loudens Demands For New Privileges For Union
Throughout their latest campaign, launched in early April,
to secure monopoly-bargaining control over Volkswagen (VW) employees in
Chattanooga, Tenn., United Auto Workers (UAW) union bosses enjoyed important
Because they had ready access to a massive war chest that is
stocked largely with workers’ compulsory dues and fees, UAW officials were able
to greatly outspend opponents of monopolistic unionism on PR.
Immediately before and during the June 12-14 unionization
vote, the radio and TV airwaves in Chattanooga were flooded with Big
Labor-funded ads vilifying VW and lauding workplace collectivism.
As rabidly pro-forced unionism journalist Chris Brooks
acknowledged in an electoral post mortem for Labor Notes, “The union
even had video messages running on the pumps at gas stations near the plant.”
Another major factor working in the UAW hierarchy’s favor
was that VW, as an international company whose worldwide production workforce
is overwhelmingly unionized, clearly feared repercussions if its Tennessee
managers directly asked employees to vote against UAW monopoly control.
Consequently, company messages to front-line Chattanooga
workers about the potential detriments of unionization were elliptical, whereas
the UAW pitch about the supposed benefits was blunt and unapologetic.
Unfortunately for UAW bosses, their huge advantages turned
out in the end to be not quite sufficient to overcome workers’ skepticism
regarding a union that was recently named by the FBI as a “coconspirator” in a
scheme to loot a multimillion-dollar worker training fund.
And over the course of the 10-week campaign prior to the
vote, workers also had the opportunity to learn about UAW officials’ long
record of foisting counter-productive, job-destroying work rules on
motor-vehicle workers and firms.
Workers Learned About UAW Brass’ Long Record of Job
National Right to Work Committee Vice President Matthew Leen
“Big Labor bosses believe it’s ‘unfair’ that VW managers and
other citizens informed Chattanooga autoworkers prior to the vote about the
fact, for example, that former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell had pleaded
guilty in April to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in meals and golf
trips from Fiat Chrysler.
“Outraged union officials also don’t think anyone should
have been allowed to talk to VW rank-and-file employees about the fact that,
this year, General Motors is in the process of shuttering five of its North
American plants, all of which employ or used to employ UAW-‘represented’
Unfortunately, if S.1306/H.R.2474, a Big Labor legislative
power grab that is pending in the U.S. Congress and already publicly backed by
more than 200 senators and House members, becomes law, union bosses will have a
far easier time keeping workers in the dark throughout future organizing
Introduced in both chambers of Congress on May 2,
S.1306/H.R.2474 has been cynically mislabeled by its champions as the
“Protecting the Right to Organize” Act, or PRO Act.
Its lead sponsors are Big Labor Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.)
and union-label Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.). Mr. Scott is chairman of the
House Education and Labor Committee.
“The PRO Act is a smorgasbord of special-interest delights
for the union hierarchy,” explained Mr. Leen.
“Its single most outrageous provision would amend the
National Labor Relations Act to empower union bosses in all 50 states,
including the 27 erstwhile Right to Work states, to force employees to pay
union fees against their will.”
Radical Bill’s Senate Cosponsors Include Bernie Sanders
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“And that’s just for starters,” continued Mr. Leen.
“Another provision would empower National Labor Relations
Board bureaucrats, unilaterally, to overturn secret-ballot votes, handing
workers over to Big Labor without so much as a repeat election.
“Yet another provision would effectively prohibit employers
from informing their own employees about the potential downsides of
“In the wake of UAW bosses’ stinging defeat in Chattanooga a
few weeks ago, Big Labor is reportedly pushing harder than ever for passage of
the PRO Act.
“Among this radical bill’s Senate sponsors are a number of
2020 Democrat presidential hopefuls, including Sens. Bernie Sanders [I-Vt.],
Kamala Harris [D-Calif.], and Elizabeth Warren [D-Mass.].
“This scheme is a brazen attack on the personal freedom of
American employees. Right to Work members will do everything possible to ensure
it never becomes law, and to hold politicians who support it accountable.”