Communist Failure Equals American Success

The communists at SocialistWorker.org are heartbroken, as right-to-work laws are allowing workers to make a choice about whether or not to join the union.

And most horribly of all (in their minds it is “a nightmare”), people are investing and opening businesses and creating jobs as a result:

“RIGHT-TO-work” became the law in Indiana earlier this year–a state where, in the 1960s, some 40 percent of workers were union members. But in recent decades, Indiana has become a favored site of investment for nonunion employers like Subaru, Honda and Toyota. Earlier this year, the heavy equipment maker Caterpillar closed a unionized locomotive plant in Canada–and moved production to a new nonunion operation in Indiana.

Yet the “right-to-work” success in Michigan is even more shocking. At the beginning of 2012, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union was celebrating the 75th anniversary of the sit-down strike in Flint, Mich.–the key battle in the great labor upsurge of the 1930s. These days, however, the UAW, as a result of massive job losses, is a shadow of its former self, with 355,000 members, compared to 1.5 million in 1979.

They don’t mention that part of the reason for the decline is the fact that they’ve massively damaged the ability of American carmakers to compete. (When Fiat bought the rest of Chrysler last week, it did so (for close to four billion dollars) by buying it from the other owners, the union pension fund. That debt is so large it represented about 40% of the entire value of the company.)

They quote Barack Obama, an obscure member of the Illinois socialist party from the 1990s, as stating:

“The so-called “right-to-work” laws–they don’t have to do with economics, they have everything to do with politics.”

This is right after the socialists complained about all the new investment and jobs (even in-sourcing) that happened as a result of those exact laws. “What went wrong?” is the headline of the article.

They don’t care about the workers, just the Party.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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