UAW drive falls short amid culture clash in Tenn.
Updated: Sunday, February 16 2014, 11:40 PM CST
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Right now Tennessee auto workers are speaking out after the majority voted against a proposal to unionize the state's Volkswagen plant. It was only an 86 vote spread striking it down. Reporter Betsy Goldin has the latest on the failed petition. There are over 1500 hourly employees at Volkswagen, and in a vote of 712-626, they rejected the union. Donna Allmon is one of those employees. She has been working at Volkswagen for several years, and is thankful for the outcome of the vote. Volkswagen worked closely with the UAW, and allowed them to campaign inside its facility. As a result, Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) believes employees were only getting one-sided information. He is now praising all Volkswagen employees for their research and commitment to making an informed decision, no matter what they voted. He says the UAW has been a job destroying entity and does not fit with the company culture at Volkswagen.
There are many who are disappointed with the result. We also spoke with Perrin Lance, the Executive Director of Organized for Action in Chattanooga. He believes politicians such as Senator Corker should have been uninvolved. Lance says even though he's disappointed about these results, ultimately this is only the beginning.
If the UAW won, it would have been the first time they organized a foreign-owned auto plant in the southeast. Now, the UAW will have to wait one full year to attempt to unionize the Chattanooga plant again. Other organizations can try to unionize there in the future.
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