RON HART: UAW’s Southern Exposure

Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 03:53 PM.

WINCHESTER TENN. — Southerners are the last of the truly independent Americans. That is why the United Auto Workers (UAW) didn’t stand a chance trying to sell their promises to the Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn. Workers at the plant saw through the corrupt and antiquated union mindset and voted against the formation of a union at their plant.

My home state of Tennessee is probably one of the most principled states in the union. Tennesseans just don’t like to be reminded they are still in the Union.

Tennessee is called the Volunteer State because they know they cannot make you live there. Instead, the state does the things that make people want to live there, including not imposing a state income tax.

As a result, manufacturing has grown, including a Nissan plant and a new Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. Tennessee wants to remain Tennessee, not become Detroit. It’s why manufacturing moves to the South: Mercedes and Airbus to Alabama, Hyundai to Georgia, and Toyota to Kentucky.  Boeing is trying to escape the union claws of both Washingtons to open a plant in South Carolina.

Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), a rising star, has done a great job of explaining why a strong right-to-work state is important for long-term economic growth. If we study recent history, we know unions leave carnage in their wake.

The mindset of crony capitalists and the unions is to price their products (in the case of unions, it is labor) well above the market rate using coercive force.  Businesses cannot pay these rates forever and survive in a global economy.

With the money they take from workers by force of law, unions become a political arm of the Democrat Party. Democrats then pursue a social agenda at odds with most union members’ values.

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