How the UAW Can Make It Right
Date Written: 2018-01-01
Publisher: Against the Current
Year Published: 2018
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX23306
Aswar discusses how the UAW lost the vote at the Nissan plant in Mississippi and proposes that Organized laboUr adapt Opertaion Dixie to move forward.
Instead of developing a single global campaign, the union leadership's attention and finite resources were split between Mississippi (Nissan), Alabama (Mercedes), and Tennessee (Volkswagen).
At the same time, a dealership campaign was outlined consisting of, but not limited to, bannering and leafleting Nissan dealers across the nation (possibly the world), informing customers that Nissan was violating workers' rights.
Grassroots members, both active and retired, could have been mobilized for this campaign. It would have been ideal to get members involved. And, if carried out, it would have established the reality that organizing a union is every member's responsibility. But, it never happened.
Just as corporations work together internationally on projects, such as research and development, unions can too. The UAW leadership was supposed to enlist global unions that represent Nissan workers in order to put pressure on the corporation.