Saturday, February 15, 2014

Heroes: Tennessee Volkswagen workers slap down the UAW...

Unbelievably, Volkswagen was supporting the UAW unionization drive. The reason is thought to be related to politics in Germany. Unions are very powerful in most European governments.  Volkswagen used to have a plant in the us near Pittsburgh. It closed in 1988 in large part because militant UAW workers called too many strikes and walkouts.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union’s effort to organize Southern factories.
The 712-626 vote released late Friday stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches.
The UAW for decades has tried without success to organize a foreign-owned plant in a region that’s wary of organized labor. The loss now makes it even harder for the union to recruit members at another Southern factory.

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