The reason that a lot of manufacturing has left the US is due to multiple reasons. 1 being that other places offered it cheaper.
2. the unions kept demanding more and more and more without cause to the companies situation to be competitive.
VW is use to dealing with job councils between workers. they haven't dealt with the likes of the UAW, or the teamsters or anyone else.
People will form their own union if businesses get to far out of hand. there are only so many places they can move.
It is true. you are an exception. you were under a contract that was set for a period of time. contract to hire is just that contract to hire. depending on who you were working for they do not have to hire you on permanently. you knew this going into it. that is the nature of contract work.this is not the truth. i have lost jobs in which i was a top performer simply because i was an independent contractor, and the contract just ended. in reality. i was a full time employee, and was promised a transition to a full time job. when they pulled the rug out from under me, i had no recourse.
that isn't a problem with the business but with the people.others without significant education have it even worse. they can be fired for any reason or for no reason at all. it's fine if businesses want to try to operate that way, but unions are going to be the natural response.
without an education or some kind of job training or certification you simply cannot demand more for your skills union or not. a large part of the union issue is that they hire anyone on regardless of skill. so someone is paying top dollar for an unskilled-untrained worker. that costs a fortune at union wages.
The foreign automakers keep the union out by offering good benefits and pay that is equal or more than what the union is paying now. so there is no reason for them to join. they would actually lose money if they joined the union.