UAW Loses in Tennessee

by Ryan on February 15, 2014

in Anything Else,Economy,Labor Unions,Politics

Being refugees from the vast union wasteland that is Detroit, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union has tried to find a new home in the South.  Many foreign car companies set up plants in the South to 1) bring their plants closer to the consumer, and 2) avoid the high cost of union labor in places like Detroit.

Recently, the UAW found a receptive environment at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant.  Volkswagen’s headquarters in Germany welcomed the vote in Chattanooga since it’s VW’s only plant world-wide without a “works council.”

However, in America the workers have a right to vote for entrance into a union.  After a three-day vote 53% of workers rejected unionizing, devastating the UAW.  In typical fashion, when the left doesn’t like the outcome of an election, they sometimes challenge it until they get the outcome they like.  Calls to appeal the vote to the NLRB are already being heard as allegations of “outside interference” are being made.

We’ll see where this goes, but this isn’t a good sign for the UAW since Chattanooga is a place where one expert lamented, “If the union can’t win [in Chattanooga], it can’t win anywhere.”

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