Governors Oppose UAW’s Unionization Campaign in Joint Statement

Six governors issued a joint statement opposing the United Auto Workers' unionization campaign.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and five other governors from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas issued a joint statement expressing their concern about the United Auto Workers (UAW)’s unionization campaign. The governors believe the campaign is driven by misinformation and scare tactics that threaten jobs and values in their states.

The governors emphasized their efforts to bring good-paying jobs to their states and argued that unionization would put these jobs at risk. They cited examples of layoffs announced by UAW automakers this year and the negative impact of unionization on foreign automaker plants.

The statement also highlighted the governors’ belief that a direct relationship between employees and employers leads to a more positive working environment. They expressed reservations about the UAW leadership’s ability to represent their constituents’ values, citing the union’s self-identification as democratic socialists and their perceived focus on supporting President Biden’s reelection rather than protecting autoworker jobs.

The governors concluded by emphasizing their desire to continue growing the American auto manufacturing sector and warning that successful unionization efforts would hinder this growth to the detriment of American workers.

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