Union loses vote at TN VW plant

Union loses vote at TN VW plant

Auto workers in Tennessee nixed joining the United Auto Workers union at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga this week, in a vote one Reuters news story characterized as having “wide ranging implications for the auto industry in the South.” The Wall Streeet Journal headlined the vote online: “Union Suffers Big Loss at Tennessee VW plant.”

The final vote was 712 to 626 rejecting the union. Because the UAW had the cooperation of VW management and a powerful German union, it is considered a huge  and significant loss for the UAW.

Count it also as a loss for the president’s prognostication abilities. In a Friday Reuters story, President Barack Obama’s opinion was characterized thus:

Obama said everyone was in favor of the UAW representing Volkswagen except for local politicians who “are more concerned about German shareholders than American workers,” according to a Democratic aide who attended the meeting with Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives.

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I guess those 712 workers who voted against the union just aren’t on the president’s ideological radar screen.

See also: Tennessee VW Workers REJECT Unionization Bid by UAW

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Libby Sternberg

Libby Sternberg

Libby Sternberg is an Edgar-nominated novelist whose works include humorous women’s fiction, young adult fiction, and historical fiction. Her political writings have appeared at Hot Air, the Weekly Standard, Insight, the Wall Street Journal, and Christian Science Monitor.


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