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Tennessee Volkswagen workers spurn UAW overtures in Friday vote

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker (R): Elated at victory over UAW push to unionize Volkswagen plant in his home state
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker (R): Elated at victory over UAW push to unionize Volkswagen plant in his home state
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As an addendum to yesterday’s column on this pivotal vote for the UAW, their late Friday night defeat may be the lynchpin to a continuing decades-long decline of the United Auto Workers.

Employees voted against union representation at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tenn., plant, a key vote for union organizers attempt to penetrate the South more extensively.

The majority of the workers voted against UAW representation by 712 to 626, or 53 percent to 47 percent.

Victorious opponent to unionization of Volkswagen, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker said, "Needless to say, I am thrilled for the employees at Volkswagen and for our community and its future."

The Volkswagen plant employs 1,570 hourly workers. Had the UAW had won this battle, it would have marked the first time in nearly 30 years unions had successfully organized a plant for a foreign brand in the United States.

It was not to be in a national environment of Americans growing tired of union bullying of its potential members and public strikes. Ironically the unions were helped by Volkswagen, which has a history of working with unions.

The car company di not attempt to interfere with the organizing effort.

President Barack Obama entered the contest on Friday accusing Republicans who opposed unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers.

Huh?Even the CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, Frank Fischer, said, "They have spoken, and Volkswagen will respect the decision of the majority. Our employees have not made a decision that they are against a works council. Throughout this process, we found great enthusiasm for the idea of an American-style works council both inside and outside our plant."

It is unknown at this time what the labor unions will now use as a new strategy to expand in the South.

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