It is not as if a secret ballot precluded the UAW from trying to persuade workers to vote in favor of representation. In fact, with the assistance of Volkswagen, the UAW waged an expensive campaign to persuade workers to favor the supposed benefits of joining a union. In the end, Big Labor’s arguments held no water with the workers. The majority of plant employees understood that joining the UAW may very well have endangered the plant’s profitability and their livelihood, which is why they voted to reject union representation.
We can’t say it any better than Volkswagen worker Mike Jarvis, who recently told a media outlet, “Who is growing? Who is moving forward? Who is paying their people great, and who is not? Look at Detroit, where there are city blocks of empty houses. So what is the common denominator there? The UAW.”
The die has been cast. The Chattanooga vote has made it exceedingly clear that American workers will not allow themselves to be forced into unions.
Those 712 Volkswagen workers showed us why protecting the secret ballot in union organizing elections is so important, and why we can never let union bosses take that away from American workers.