This is important because after announcing plans to close the old plant, GM wanted to transfer the workers to other plants; but the UAW blocked the transfer of any of the 2,500 GM Moraine workers to any other GM facility simply because they were not members of the UAW. What happened to Union Proud? The UAW is now in town claiming that it cares so much for the workers in Dayton, yet it slammed the door in their face in 2008.
Let us all be thankful that Fuyao chose Dayton. The Chinese company has invested millions in a modern, safe, state-of-the art factory, hiring local to build it, hiring local to staff it. Every current Fuyao employee made a personal free choice to work there for a competitive salary plus full benefits. They all got a significant pay increase recently. Yes, there have been some minor incidents as training and procedures are being implemented; but nothing close to being serious and nothing deemed willful.
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Plant management is actively working with OSHA on installing new safety measures; the UAW would be of no additional help and is not needed. It is clear that Fuyao cares for its workers and cares for Dayton far more than the UAW ever did.
Does the UAW believe that Fuyao workers will choose to give up their rights as individuals to be represented by an organization that completely disregarded them in 2008? Does the UAW actually believe that Fuyao workers will be excited by their underfunded pension program on the brink of bankruptcy rather than controlling their own 401(K)? Dayton’s Fuyao workers will remember what the UAW did to Dayton in 2008. Let’s hope they will tell the UAW to take their banners and go home.
John Morris is president of the Mid-American OSHA Education Center in Springboro.