Volkswagen Workers Kick Against Union Representation
Volkswagen AG workers voted against union representation at a Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which had been seen as organized labor’s best chance to expand in the U.S. South, according to the article.
The loss, 712 to 626, capped a sprint finish to a long race and was particularly surprising for UAW supporters, because Volkswagen had allowed the union access to the factory and officially stayed neutral on the vote, while other manufacturers have been hostile to organized labor, according to Businessdayonline.com.
Dennis said that a loss would be a big setback for the union movement in the South, showing the UAW was unable to convince rank-and-file workers even with management’s cooperation.
Such a loss “makes the UAW’s quest to organize southern auto plants all the more difficult,” Dennis said.