The workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee have voted NOT to join the United Auto Workers in a crushing defeat for the union who hoped to form a council with the Volkswagen management and help run the company – probably into the ground as they have in the past.
Volkswagen’s Chattanooga employees have spurned the United Auto Workers, rejecting two years of wooing by the Detroit-based union in a vote of 712 to 626.
The loss was announced late tonight.
As the vote was ongoing – it lasted three days – the President weighed in and tried to sway the vote in favor of Big Labor but the Republicans waged a campaign to not let the union get a foothold in the state because of the deleterious effect it would have on growth. Volkswagen would have steered the manufacture of cars to Mexico and lawmakers were afraid Chattanooga would become another Detroit.
President Obama attacked Republicans for allegedly caring more about German shareholders than U.S. workers. The truth is that Obama cares more about Big Labor than the workers of Tennessee.
This union vote was more about the union getting a niche for the UAW in a right to work state than it was about the workers. Virtually every state in the U.S. South has passed right-to-work legislation that gives workers the choice of joining a union and paying union dues.