Auto industry leaders claim the UAW forced high wages on them and victimized them. Some Tennessee workers found such assertions plausible and voted accordingly.
A Lesson From Chattanooga
February 18, 2014

Via Moyers & Company:

“…we’re outraged by politicians and outside special interest groups interfering…” – UAW Secretary-Treasurer Dennis Williams

Many factors led to the United Auto Workers’ (UAW’s) loss in the recent union election at the Volkswagen (VW) factory in Tennessee. Likewise many lessons can be learned. One especially important lesson concerns how one factor – “outside influence” – works so one-sidedly in the United States.

Several UAW spokespersons and supporters bemoaned “outside interference” in this election. It was chiefly Republican politicians and activists and business groups that tried activel...

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