Given the current political and economic climate in the US that has been created by both State and Federal Lawmakers, we are starting to see the "Proof of the Pudding" of the laws that seek to destroy labor union protections and give all Americans a "right to work".
This is just a taste of the future outcome of American Exceptionalism!
AllGov - News - Swedish Companies Take Advantage of Cheap Labor in U.S.
Swedish Companies Take Advantage of Cheap Labor in U.S.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Ikea Factory in Danville, Virginia (photo: Steve Sheppard, AP)
As far as some companies in Sweden are concerned, America is the land of corporate opportunity—and worker exploitation. So why not take advantage of a business culture that seeks every chance to increase profits at the expense of U.S. employees.
In Virginia, furniture giant Ikea set up a manufacturing plant after it convinced the town of Danville to provide $12 million in tax breaks. It then brought in a “union-busting outfit to keep the IAM (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers) from making a run at the employees,” writes David Macaray at Huffington Post.
Ikea also cut employee wages and changed work and overtime rules.
“Needless to say, these measures not only would have been frowned upon by Swedish society, they would've been illegal,” adds Macaray. “They would have been in violation of Sweden's federal labor laws.”
In July 2011, the Danville Ikea workers did vote to unionize.
A similar problem arose in Kentucky, where AAK (AahusKarishamn) purchased an oils and fats processing plant in Louisville from Golden Brands. Shortly after taking over, AAK tried to force workers to decertify their union. The employees refused. Then management tried to arm-twist workers into accepting a new contract that wasn’t to their advantage.
German companies have also taken advantage of non-unionized U.S. states. In Germany the average hourly wage for auto workers is $67.14. However, employees at the new Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, earn $14.50 an hour and those at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina get $15 an hour.
Soon the US taxpayers will be strong-armed (by the politicians that are poised to profit from the legislation; either through their insider trading deals, future consulting/lobbying opportunities or by direct pay-offs) to build a pipeline across the US to the Texas gulf coast (Keystone).
That pipeline project (that threatens the aquifers used by 8 states) will deliver China’s oil from the Alberta shale oil and oil sand Oil fields to awaiting ships or to Refineries in the US that China may own considerable interests in. China has completed many multi-billion dollar deals to purchase Canadian land and oil resources since the 2000’s. Since the economic crash in 2008, China has been picking up valuable resources in bankruptcy sales in Canada for pennies on the dollar. When this oil is exploited it will not be coming to the US or will it remain in North America; it’s certainly going to China or to the highest bidder. We will still be paying a premium at the pump and will receive little of the promised jobs and prosperity for the US citizens in the Middle (now becoming Low income/Poverty) Class. So much for promises and subsequent corruption of our Legislators those that support "the job creators"!
Citations of news sources regarding Keystone and China's acquisition of these natural resources.