VW Workers Deliver Bitter Defeat To UAW

On Friday workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee delivered a bitter defeat to the United Auto Workers union, voting against the union 712 to 626, according to The Wall Street Journal. The union had expected to win the vote easily due to cooperation with Volkswagen. Heck, VW officials were even coordinating with the union, but workers rejected it anyway. Now union officials are whining about “outside interference.”

“If the union can’t win [in Chattanooga], it can’t win anywhere,” said Steve Silvia, a economics and trade professor at American University who has studied labor unions.

The UAW said that “outside interference” affected the outcome of the vote. “Unfortunately, politically motivated third parties threatened the economic future of this facility and the opportunity for workers to create a successful operating model that that would grow jobs in Tennessee,” Gary Casteel, the union official in charge of the VW campaign, said in a statement.

Under an agreement the UAW has with Volkswagen, it now must cease all organizing efforts aimed at the Chattanooga plant for at least a year. (Read More)