OPINION: Reflections After the Union Loss

A source with the national UAW, who asked to remain anonymous, says, “there is a natural period of time” after an election loss when people are “being introspective, retrospective.” The UAW still has an office in Canton, but it has reduced its staff there.

#In These Times writer Joe Allen says the Nissan-Canton election loss “is nothing less than a knockout punch ending for the foreseeable future any efforts by the UAW to organize the large, predominantly foreign-owned auto assembly plants in the South.” He says the UAW’s loss of militance is partly to blame: “The UAW has become a prison of its modern history … a long track record of making concessions on wages, benefits and working conditions.”

#What the future holds remains uncertain. Workers are at the mercy of the company, and they have nothing really to say or do about it. It’s a situation that, these days, blue-collar workers across the nation face.

Joe Atkins
JPF
11/8/17