Moderated by Rick Badie
Last month, workers at the Volkswagen Chattanooga assembly plant voted 712 to 626 to not join the United Auto Workers; the UAW has appealed the union election results. Today’s guest writers weigh the economic pros and cons of union representation in the South, particularly in right-to-work states like Georgia and Tennessee.
Workers reject union’s pitch
By Mark Mix
At Volkswagen’s Chattanooga auto plant, the United Auto Workers won’t take no for an answer. Despite losing a recent unionization election, union officials are challenging the results. More noteworthy still is their opposition to the efforts of several VW employees, represented by National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, to intervene in the legal proceedings to defend their decision not to unionize.
The UAW’s legal challenge isn’t surprising. It’s just the latest example of Big Labor’s new approach to organizing. Union officials have increasingly turned to coercive and