Why would anyone 'need' a union, especially the UAW to speak for them? UAW only speaks for themselves. They get dumb people to listen to stuff like 'your company president makes 200K a year" but they neglect to tell people their UAW president makes at least that. And who pays that guy? Union 'dues'.
Why does the union want IN at VW? Simple economics. Lets say each VW person makes 25K a year (and no, they make MORE than that, this is an example...) There are 2000 people. The union gets 2% of your pay for 'dues' (They probably get more, but this is an example) -- that works out to 1 MILLION dollars a year! Why does the union need a million dollars of hard working Tennesseean's money? Why to pay the pensions and salaries of their yankee union bosses up in detroit.
The union ruined everything they tried to do in the beginning. By the 1980's they had done a lot of good. But after that, labor freindly laws were more prevalent, and the unions had begun to have nothing to do. So, they tried to stay on by asking for more and more money. And then they promised senority, and defense of mediocrity. Some slug who comes in late, drinks on the job, and puts your life at risk, might not be fired if he's pals with the union leaders. Thats a fact folks!
Unions wore out their welcome when greed took over. Saturn - gone. Pontiac - gone, Mercury - going, Oh wait? Wheland foundry right here in chattanooga. Yep the union 'helped them- helped them become outdated and run down by preventing the improvements that were needed to survive. Or Bendix in Cleveland - closed what, six years ago. Why? they couldn't compete with more modern factories - because the union wouldn't budge.
Oh, and you know - if the union were to go into VW - how many of the really nice benefits they have now, would be 'negotiated away' so some lazy slob from detroit can move here and take a job away from a hard working family value filled tennesseean.
union schmoonion - go home