Get this – a new report says that the U.S. State Department (you know, the diplomats and folks who are in charge of foreign policy), may get involved in a labor dispute in that distant, little known foreign country of… Mississippi?
According to this report, the United Auto Workers (UAW) have asked the State Department to help promote unionization at a plant in Mississippi because the union thinks Nissan is violating Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) standards.
There are so many words to describe this situation: outrageous, ridiculous, foolhardy, embarrassing.
But here’s the most apt: desperate.
The UAW is so desperate for traction in a nation where workers are sprinting away from unions that they would recruit a federal agency that has nothing – zero – to do with domestic labor issues to their cause.
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran had a few choice words to say about this news:
“With all that’s going on in the world, the United States Department of State should concentrate on enhancing U.S. security interests and promoting peace around the world rather than interfering in domestic labor activities. Mississippians can decide for themselves how they want to handle these issues.”
We couldn’t agree more.