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Tenn. Auto Workers Turn Down UAW Membership, Higher Wages

Volkswagen workers in Chattanooga, Tenn. voted against joining the United Auto Workers (UAW) by 712 to 626 last week.

This vote also means the workers will not get the higher wages and benefits that usually come with UAW membership, noted

Why did the auto workers vote against their best interests in a state which has the fifth lowest median household income in the US?

Pro-corporate, anti-union activists used fearmongering tactics to scare the workers into not joining the union, even going as far as to falsely claim that the UAW was somehow Obama's union, noted the

The billboards (pictured) were put up by right wing activist Grover Norquist and a new anti-union group, the Center for Worker Freedom. The 13 billboards warned that the city might become the next Detroit if the workers voted for union membership, reported The New York Times.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) made a vague threat that if the workers voted to unionize then the state would take away VW's  special tax incentives and State Sen. Bo Watson (R-Chattanooga) actually claimed that Americans workers who unionize are “un-American," according to

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) falsely claimed that the VW plant would get awarded a big production deal if workers voted down union membership, which VW denied.

No special project has been announced since the workers voted down union membership.

Sources:,, The New York Times


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