Well, fellow VW workers, it's coming down to the final stretch. The decision to move forward is one that can now only be decided by the hourly workers. Soon the fate of our company lies in your hands. Do you vote? Do you stay home? For some of you this is a very hard and critical decision. On one hand you want to respect the choices and opinions of your coworkers who want to be represented by the UAW, and coworkers who do not want a union. Moreover, you may feel like “well, it’s not really something I am worried about, so I just won’t vote.”
Nevertheless, you should worry.
This decision, UAW or no, will affect every hourly VW employee. With or without a union change is going to happen, good or bad, costly or profitably. The ebb and tide of the American auto industry has shown us that. The UAW just makes it harder to flex and stay alive when those changes happen.
Today you have to ask yourself, does the good outweigh the bad? It is not an easy decision - heaven knows you have been bombarded with an overwhelming amount of information, from promises of pensions, to accusations of corruption, to loss of benefits we currently enjoy. I do not envy you one bit. After all, you have to go back to work next after this vote either way.
Here is the deal. Vote. It does not matter what your best friend wants. What matters is what you want to do – what is best for you. Do you want to be locked into a permanent marriage with the UAW? Does a single seat at a ‘works council’, dominated by German unions and workers, warrant voting for a union who will permanently dictate your future?
If you do not vote because you are on the fence, because you don’t want anyone to dislike you for voting yes or no, or because you think it really doesn’t affect you, then your non-vote can potentially be the difference between swapping what you currently have for a "chance" at something that is not guaranteed.
Sure, the UAW can “promise” you more, but despite promises, the UAW can not guarantee anything.
Do your research, vote smartly, vote. Your vote could be our future. We are One Team, One Circle, One Great Place to work – let’s keep it that way.
Proud Salaried VW Employee