In the yet another absurd and offensive plan to bully companies into unionizing, the United Autoworkers are preparing to claim that auto manufacturers that resist labor organizing campaigns are human rights violators.
In a Washington Times analysis, “UAW doesn’t care what you think, Ivan Osorio and F. Vincent Vernuccio of the Competitive Enterprise Institute describe the scheme led by UAW President Bob King:
The UAW has laid out a set of demands, known as its Principles for Fair Union Elections, which are intended to facilitate the union’s organizing efforts…
Essentially, the UAW principles boil down to a company’s managers not telling workers their side of the story regarding what would happen if a union organized their business. The principles call for employers not to talk to their employees unless they also invite the UAW to speak, never to say that unionization would lead to job losses (and to disavow any group that does) and always to leave open the option of card-check organizing.
If a company reject this demand for a so-called neutrality agreement, the UAW will mount a campaign in alliance with outside groups to damage the business’ reputation. Basically, it’s extortion by negative PR. That’s a familiar and ugly tactic known as a “corporate campaign,” but the UAW has even more odious plans in the works.
Mr. King recently announced that if companies resist his organizing efforts, the UAW “will launch a global campaign to brand that company a human rights violator.” What would such a campaign look like? The Obama administration’s report to the United Nations Human Rights Council – whose members include such human rights champions as China, Cuba, Libya and Saudi Arabia – provides a hint.
Right. We wrote a Shopfloor post last November about the document, “Report of the United States of America Submitted to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights In Conjunction with the Universal Periodic Review.” At the time, it seemed an example of the Administration currying favor with the UN while signaling its continued support for Big Labor’s legislative priorities such as the Employee Free Choice Act. Same old stuff, in other words.
But as Osorio and Vernuccio point out, the report could do real damage.
The UAW – or any other union, for that matter – likely will cite the State Department document in any complaint it files with the International Labor Organization, the World Trade Organization or any other international body against a company it seeks to organize. Mr. King‘s recent remarks indicate this is an option the UAW might pursue.
Isn’t that a great prospect? Big Labor using a State Department report to bash not just companies that oppose being forced into anti-competitive union contracts, but to also portray the United States as endorsing human rights violations.
- Henry Payne, The MichiganView.com, “UAW threatens automakers as ‘human rights violators’
- Bloomberg, “UAW Says Anti-Union Automakers Violate Human Rights“
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