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I personally am generally against unions. The main reason is that my mom is a school teacher and I've seen too many examples of teachers who shouldn't have gotten the job in the first place (not qualified but they got the job because they knew someone) keeping their job because they were part of the Teacher's Union. That said, I would like to point out the dirty politics of the UAW, which provides another example of why I don't like unions. The UAW was allowed to campaign at the plant but those against unionizing weren't allowed to campaign at the plant. Tell Democrats they can't campaign somewhere and they get up in arms, but its fair when one of their interest groups makes it so other's are restricted from where they campaign? (I've seen Democrats get up in arms about being told they can't put flyers somewhere. I went to Adams State College [now University] several years ago and the Democrats started putting up campaign signs on the campus. The Republican's did too, after the Democrats started. When both groups were told by school security that they needed to remove the signs because the school was a polling place, the Republican's did with some grumbling, the Democrats tried to argue about their rights to campaign anywhere. The signs for both groups were eventually removed, but the Democrats of the area accused the Young Republicans of the college of using dirty politics)
Point of fact, the plant IS open, and has been since 2011. What they did is they stopped the attempt to unionize the plant. The union wouldn't have changed the number of people employed at the plant or really changed the revenue the plant generated. It made its 100,000th Passat in May 2012, so how did the defeat of the union affect employment or revenue? (Other than to keep more money in the workers pocket, since they won't have to pay dues in order to work there)