Tennessee Volkswagen plant votes against union in UAW defeat
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) - In a stunning defeat that could accelerate the decades-long decline of the United Auto Workers, employees voted against union representation at Volkswagen AG's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which had been seen as organized labor's best chance to expand in the U.S. South."Why the bile for the unions, Backwoods?"
An official overseeing the vote, retired Tennessee Circuit Court Judge Sam Payne, said that a majority had voted against UAW representation by 712 to 626. Some 89 percent of workers voted, he said.
Me ol' pappy was a UAW and UMW member. Those unions, in his view, caused two mines to close, and a very successful manufacturing firm to move to a "right to work" state. Ol' Backwoods doesn't have a very high opinion of unions, many of which have admitted Communist ties (e.g., SEIU). There was a time when the unions served their purpose, but like the civil rights establishment, they were too successful for their own good, and became nothing but thugs and agitators after the giants of the movement had done the real work, and won back rights.