While I am personally unhappy with these results, I actually look at this as a positive thing. This vote took place in Tennessee; a red state that voted for Romney 59.5 percent to Obama’s 39 percent. A state that has citizens who grew up being taught that unions were communists’.
The workers were threatened with a loss of jobs and the company was threatened with a loss of government support. These threats came from elected government officials. The legality of these threats is questionable and may have repercussions.
The outside efforts to defeat the union in this election included non other than political gadfly Grover Norquist. This character went so far as to put up a billboard indicating the demise of Detroit came about because of the UAW. Norquist overlooked the fact that when GM and Chrysler were both going belly up and had to be bailed out by the federal government it was the management team that was called to D.C. He overlooks the fact that Ford was working with the same union workforce and survived the disaster unscathed. The only difference was management.
The results of 53 percent to 47 percent under these conditions are good news. Not long ago the union would have been lucky to get 20 percent support in this location.
We are moving in the right direction my friends and victory is in sight.
Carry on, carry on!