The United Auto Workers have announced a plan to bring the benefits of the Wagner Act to those sectors of the American auto industry that, in their ignorance, have been prospering without it. From Automotive News:
DETROIT—UAW President Bob King said the union intends to launch a campaign in January to organize the U.S. manufacturing plants of Asian and German automakers ...
King said the UAW has a better story to tell transplant workers today than it had over several decades of failed efforts to organize those workers.
And that "better story" is:
a) Two of the three firms we've organized have already gone bankrupt!
b) In the process they lost almost 34,000 jobs!
c) "The UAW was first to the table to make concessions and sacrifices that have helped Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group to emerge from the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, [King] said. Those concessions equate to between $7,000 and $30,000 per worker."
d) "The UAW now represents about 120,000 hourly workers at the Detroit 3, down several fold from even a decade ago because of plant closings and buyouts."
e) Unionize and the Obama administration might help you out.
I think it has to be (c)—the concessions—no? ...
P.S.: Of course if unionized/bailed GM and Chrysler fail, it will largely be because nonunion "transplants" in the United States—not only Toyota and Nissan, but also Hyundai and Volkswagen—have eaten their lunch. One obvious strategy for the UAW is to attempt to reestablish the oligopoly of mediocrity that prevailed in the U.S. industry in the '60s and '70s before these "transplants" arrived ... 4:11 p.m.