John Ransom

As more and more localities declare their independence from budget-destroying unions, the United Auto Workers is reaching into its bag of liberal magic tricks to help breakup non-union plants in the Deep South. It’s the last gasp of the UAW that knows it must perish if it is not successful in breaking into non-union shops operating in the U.S., such as foreign automakers Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Not surprisingly, given the desperate times for unions, the UAW is relying on an appeal to racism in the south- one of the only tricks left in the liberal bag- in order to exploit African-American workers at the Nissan plant in Canton, MS.

“After months of speculation about where the United Auto Workers was going to focus its do-or-die Southern campaign to organize workers,” writes Facing South, “the giant 3,000-worker Nissan plant in Canton, Miss., has emerged as Battleground No. 1.”         

Facing South, a liberal newsletter, produced by the progressive stink tank, The Institute for Southern Studies, says that the UAW is focusing on Nissan’s Canton plant because they estimate that the plant’s racial makeup is 80 percent African-American, thus more easily exploitable.

“It was here that some of the bloodiest battles of the civil rights movement were fought,” reports Facing South. “It is here where the idea of a social movement based on social justice at the workplace can find fertile ground, UAW leaders believe.”

Gee and I thought the civil rights movement was about securing the same rights for black citizen that everyone enjoyed regardless of skin color.

It’s nice to see that the UAW readily admits that, at least for them, the civil right movement is about exploiting the color of someone’s skin in order to bolster union coffers. I’m supposing the UAW thinks that blacks can’t add or subtract the same way that whites do.  

Because, as the UAW cynically admits, previous attempts at unionizing Nissan auto plants that were 80 percent white failed.


John Ransom

John Ransom is the Finance Editor for Townhall Finance.