The United Auto Workers is in trouble: The unionized segment of the automobile industry is dying. Most (nearly all? I don’t have the numbers.) of the growth in automobile manufacturing in the United States is with foreign automakers in right-to-work states. If the UAW can’t find a way to unionize those plants, it will die.
National Review’s F. Vincent Vernuccio and Iain Murray explain (subscription required) the UAW’s strategy. The NLRB, now controlled by Obama appointees, has instituted new rules that allow a union election to be carried out by card check (i.e., without a secret ballot) if the employer agrees. Thus, if the employer chooses not to fight the union, the union is permitted to intimidate employees into agreeing to be represented.
How does the UAW plan to get them to go along? The UAW’s president was nice enough to tell us:
If a company makes the bad business decision to engage in anti-union activity, suppress the rights of speech and assembly, we will launch a global campaign to brand that company a human-rights violator.
And lest anyone miss the message, the UAW has also said that it will defend companies from attacks “from community groups that send the message that the company is not operating in a socially responsible way” if they do not fight the union.
Ominously, the UAW has already hired Jesse Jackson, who is notorious for faux human-rights extortion. In the coming months, expect to see allegations of human rights violations leveled at a major foreign automaker (probably Toyota). When it happens, you’ll know why.