UAW crashes in Volkswagen unionization defeat

The United Auto Workers Union lost a hugely important unionization election vote at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee assembly plant, going down to defeat in a 712-626 vote (53%-47%), with roughly 165 workers, or 11%, not voting. Thus, in fact, only 41.65% of the total workforce voted in favor of unionization. This is a historic defeat for unionization of the private sector because VW represented the best, perhaps the only, chance for the UAW to organize the growing force of the American auto industry, foreign badged companies with assembly plants in the United States. There are actually two American automobile industries: unionized Ford, GM, and Chrysler (now a subsidiary of Turin, Italy-based Fiat), largely located in the Midwest, and 14 automobile plants owned by foreign-based companies such as Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, largely located in the South. The legacy industry is completely unionized under the UAW, while the new wave Southern wing is...(Read Full Post)