Union vs Unions

VW to go to U.S. court to keep 160 Tennessee plant workers from UAW

This is a fascinating story as it is not the typical corporation vs union story. It is more European union vs American union as the European unions that have organized VW have 9 of 20 seats on the VW Board and the company does nothing without that support.

Previously, the VW Board had approved of UAW organizing the company, as a whole along the lines of how it is done in Europe with a “works council” comprised of employees, management and union representatives.


Why Volkswagen is helping a union organize its own plant

Of course the UAW is putting the best spin on it they can, that the UAW is actively pushing the idea, but, as always, it’s a people thing to get their foot in the door and then change things to suit the UAW’s needs, i.e. money and power

But the UAW wants to have it both ways, a Works Council and handle all collective bargaining like an American union because just being part of the Works Council cuts into the union power and ability to impose the union’s will.

The VW Board even greased the skids for the UAW to organize, saying to just go ahead, you don’t need a vote. The UAW wanted a vote and was rejected by the employee. The next UAW attempt at organizing (the skilled trades) was rebuffed by the Board (the euro unions) as, “not in the company’s best interests at this time” (must be a plant wide works council or nothing without UAW collective organizing).

UAW wins legal battle to hold union vote at Chattanooga VW plant

The NLRB ruled in the UAW’s favor and the skilled trades voted in favor of UAW representation, but VW said “no”, they wouldn’t negotiate. The UAW said, “aw, c’mon, you have to negotiate” and that is where that stands . . . . till now, with the UAW stymied.

The UAW doesn’t have enough leverage to strike and make it meaningful and risks losing the skilled trades and alienating the Euro union VW Board members. VW is going to court to invalidate the UAW effort and the union is sitting there saying, to the VW Board, “aww, c’mon, give us this little piece so we can get our dues money and look relevant again”.

VW to go to U.S. court to keep 160 Tennessee plant workers from UAW

I would imagine the union members of the VW Board are sitting there shaking their heads wondering how the UAW stays in business since they greased the skids and the UAW blew it. Then the UAW didn’t listen when the VW Board said organizing the skilled trades was a bad idea and went against the company interests.

The UAW thought it could get it’s own way on it’s terms and turned a bird in hand into crow that they are eating. I think the UAW would better trying to organize the union representation on the VW Board. Even if the UAW wins the skilled trades battle, it will lose the war with the Euro unions. The Euro unions want to extend their influence into the US at the UAW’s . . . . and all US unions . . . . expense. 

Union vs Unions, it’s like the comic, “Spy vs Spy”, except it is 9 vs 1.



Bernie Sanders and Redemption

There are a lot of people that support Bernie Sanders for president, but why? Various reasons but at the core, I believe, one reason – redemption.

The hippie generation got what it wanted – power. They had come to the conclusion the only way to change the system was from inside, and they did change the system and at the same time the system changed them because they forgot one thing in their idealistic, self-righteous zeal – that they are people with all the same needs as other people and subject to corruption.

Of course the hippies rationalized and justified that such would not happen to them. To quote and earlier age, “God is on our side and our strength is the strength of a hundred because our heart is pure”.

But as time went by they got comfortable with well paying jobs, nice homes and families to support. Their ideals went from the common good to whatever was good for everyone as long as they profited. They temporized that they were being pragmatic to include everyone in their grand schemes. They were being realistic in their goals and that it would take time to change the system forever.

And in the course of time, the hippies, the liberals, gained power, position and became corrupt. Those hippies became the very thing they protested against. They became “The Man”, “The Establishment” and worse of all, “Big Brother”. If you doubt, look at the excesses of liberals during the Obama administration. The unparalleled expansion of NSA spying to virtually every citizen in the United States, the use of the IRS to suppress opposing views and the unheard of restrictions of the Freedom of Information Act.

The hippies had protested heavy-handed government, government spying, a repressive moral atmosphere – and now, as the establishment, they support such things. They want to replace current moral authority with their own moral authority, which is the same as the last moral authority, but with a different master.

Those people, those hippies, have done great damage setting civil rights back 50 years using the principle to alter standards to preserve their power by suppressing those that oppose them. But, of course, those hippies say, “it’s for the own good, we know better because we are intellectual elite”.

The hippies look around and see how corrupt they have become having sold out their ideology, their principles, their ethics and their morals. They willingly sell out family and friends by cold bloodedly manipulating them so they can remain relevant and have their life mean something rather then coming to terms with their own inadequacies having hooked their identities to a job or position rather then being part of the whole, as they were during their younger days protesting when they would give their “Our Lives, Our Fortune, Our Sacred Honor” for one another much as soldiers do for their buddies. Then, back then, they knew “Liberté, égalité, fraternité” and they thought it would last forever.

It didn’t, they are people just like any other and the hippies won’t admit it, they can’t admit because it means they were wrong and their lives are a lie.

Now Bernie Sanders comes along advancing ideas that the hippies had sold out – the share and share alike, overthrow the establishment, make the rich give up their wealth, make corporations more “socially responsible” – all the while not applying it to themselves, their benefactors and only to those that oppose them, those that oppose their moral ideals.

And that is CORRUPTION and leads to totalitarianism because that is the only way to make what the hippies want to work. Call it fascism or communism, its all the same.

The hippies have replaced the “bad old system” that let them thrive with one to be sure their system; their desires are never replaced, never supplanted. The Who lyrics, “Won’t Get Fooled Again” are but illuminating and prophetic . . . . “Meet the new boss, Same as the old boss”

The statement, “question everything” starts with one’s self. You can achieve honesty and understanding of all around you if you do, but you have to be brutally honest and prepared to implement that understanding and you will find you will always support what is right and never need to seek redemption in the form of Bernie Sanders or “To A God Unknown”


Never trust someone who wants to do “what is best for you”, because it’s what is best for them.







Federal government helping deported illegal immigrants start new businesses


I am not against this. Helping make people be solvent and successful in their own country not only keeps them from being an illegal immigrant but help others around them by, hopefully, providing jobs. It also makes the nation more solvent, fights crime and keeps the US military home to prevent a failed nation.

This is more like foreign aid that is actually used as it should be instead of being pocketed by local govt officials or other corrupt agencies, like some of the NGO’s that pocket 90% for “overhead”

The argument what the money could do to help Border Patrol is valid. But if more illegal immigrants stay home and build a business and make their community a better place, then there is less need for Border Patrol and keeps Border Patrol agents safer.
The whole goal is make home a better place to be

Some might say that this only encourages illegal immigration, perhaps it does but it is also Darwinian selection of those most fit to survive and prevail. The people that make the crossing are usual the most intelligent, the most determined, the kind that builds – and given the chance spreads prosperity around them

In the article Rand Paul says, “Once we deport them, we set them up in business? It makes no sense to me,” which, to me means Paul fails to think it through and is about scoring ideological points

Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, only sees more budget for Border Patrol, but not making those officers safer by illegals staying home and focusing resources on the real danger – drugs.

Border Patrol has to sort the sheep from the wolves and it distracts them from the people, drug smugglers, that would do the real harm. So 50k, the same amount a rookie Border Patrol officer makes, seems cheap to help keep that officer alive and focused on the real threat. And at the same helping make a foreign country stable and safe. Isn’t that what America does best?