Workers last month at the Nissan plant in Mississippi rejected a proposal to join the UAW by a large margin. A Labor Day post at Forbes explores a couple of interesting cross-currents in this vote.
First, as mentioned in a previous piece, when it looks like someone is voting against their interests, there’s a good chance I’ve misunderstood their interests. An American left dominated by affluent urban workers with little blue collar experience is increasingly out of touch with the needs of the “common man.” Attitudes toward unions are just one symptom of this growing disconnect.
The piece also examines some of the reasons that union organizing efforts have been failing so consistently in recent years. It may be true that workers benefit from organization, but a 19th century union model may not be the best way to accomplish that objective.