With 89% of eligible hourly workers voting, and by a margin of about 100 votes, employees at a Volkswagen plant in South Carolina rejected the United Auto Workers union after three long days of deliberation.
The UAW was heavily invested in victory here, as they have never unionized a foreign auto plant here in the States.
Republican Sen. Bob Corker has been very vocal in opposition to the UAW in this, and released a statement Friday. “Needless to say, I am thrilled for the employees at Volkswagen and for our community and its future,” he said, aand added in a phone interview “I’m sincerely overwhelmed.”
UAW President Bob King released a statement that read in part:
While we certainly would have liked a victory for workers here, we deeply respect the Volkswagen Global Group Works Council, Volkswagen management and IG Metall for doing their best to create a free and open atmosphere for workers to exercise their basic human right to form a union.
So though the workers voted for what they wished, it was not a victory for the workers. This is standard liberal logic. You don’t know what you want, let me worry about what you want.
But it was a victory for the workers. They were given a choice, and they made their choice, for what they see as their best interests. Isn’t that precisely the sort of outcome that is the philosophical basis for unions in the first place?
Contra the clear wishes of the voting employees, the UAW has vowed not to give up the fight, with regional director Gary Casteel promising “We’re not quitting on this.”
(h/t Fox News).