There is hope for America after all.
The United Auto Worker's latest attempt to force their way in between the workers and plant managers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee went down in flames yesterday after a vote by the employees in which 89% of the workforce voted, with the majority saying "No thanks, UAW--we don't want to see you take our money and turn Chattanooga into another Detroit."
Loss at Volkswagen plant upends union's plan for U.S. South
Frankly, I was a bit worried when I learned that Volkswagen itself was going to stay neutral and not oppose the union drive, and I'm sure that the UAW figured that they had the vote in the bag or they would never have called for the election. But when secret ballots happen and people can vote without fear of intimidation or reprisal, funny things happen and sometimes even corrupt mobsters lose "sure thing" bets.
The UAW had a lot riding on this effort to try and halt their slide into obscurity and this vote, if anything, put fresh grease on those skids. Hopefully the UAW and other legitimized press gangs like it go the way of the dinosaur and the next generation of kids will have to use a search engine to find out what a labor union was and why they were such a cancer on American productivity. And with any luck, the public-sector unions comprised of people working directly for the taxpayers will be next. If you want high wages and job security, you can always get those things by the simple expedient of being damned good at what you do. Good employees seldom need unions, which serve basically to keep the lowest-performing, most discipline-requiring people on the payroll no matter how useless or counter-productive they are. Politics and the unions' unholy alliance with the Democrat Party aside, true freedom is being able to negotiate your own pay and/or deciding who you will or will not continue to employ, and no one who values freedom can support unions.