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Union voted down in TN Volkswagen factory, workers intimidated by GOP.

VW and its workers both supported forming a union at their Chattanooga, TN plant. TN Republicans and their moneyed interests did not. Who do you think won? Photo (with workers gathered while the plant was being built) from VW Group America.

Union Stymied By GOP Threats

VW and its employees both supported the formation of a union at their Chattanooga, TN factory. The German company believes in work councils where management and rank & file alike work to make a better working environment and a better product. TN Republicans were in a panic and worried that the plant would unionize. They resorted to a focused campaign of lies and threats. Senator Bob Corker said the following.

“I’ve had conversations today and based on those am assured that should the workers vote against the UAW, Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new mid-size SUV here in Chattanooga,” said [Sen. Bob] Corker, without saying with whom he had the conversations.

That statement from Corker seemed to be a lie. According to Reuters,

In the past few weeks, Volkswagen officials have made several statements that the vote will have no bearing on whether the SUV will be made at the Chattanooga plant or at a plant in Puebla, Mexico.

The sabotage went much further however. According to KNOX News,

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee on Monday threatened that the state could turn off the spigot of incentives for Volkswagen if workers at the German automaker’s plant decide this week to approve union representation. State Senate Speaker Pro Tem Bo Watson in a news conference in Chattanooga called the United Auto Workers campaign at the plant “un-American.” “Should the workers at Volkswagen choose to be represented by the United Auto Workers, any additional incentives from the citizens of the state of Tennessee for expansion or otherwise will have a very tough time passing the Tennessee Senate,” he said.

Is this not undue government interference in the business of a private company? Is this not a government threat against the well being of the middle class worker? It definitely is. Ultimately the threat worked. The union drive for the plant was defeated. According to the Washington Post,

The loss came in spite of an unprecedented level of support from the company being organized. Frank Fischer, CEO and chairman of Volkswagen Chattanooga — who had encouraged the idea of starting a German-style “works council” at the plant, like those in place at Volkswagen’s other factories — even seemed saddened by the outcome.

The UAW reacted as follows.

“Unfortunately, politically motivated third parties threatened the economic future of this facility and the opportunity for workers to create a successful operating model that would grow jobs in Tennessee,” UAW Southern Region organizer Gary Casteel said.

The TN GOP shows where their loyalties are. It is not with VW. It is not with the middle class workers. It is with sticking to their strict anti-union ideology. They used fear and power to enforce it. Their ideology trumps what is best for their middle class constituents. This is an assault on the middle class.

Here’s a video with NBC Today‘s report:

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