Workers at the Volkswagen auto assembly plant in Chattanooga have rejected representation from the United Auto Workers. The vote was a disappointment for the UAW, which lost by a narrow margin. About 1,300 workers voted, and anti-union forces won by only 86 votes. UAW President Bob King said that to lose by such a close margin is very difficult.
"Obviously, we’re deeply disappointed," King said after results were announced.
After a week of local and state politicians speaking out about the ongoing unionization vote at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant, President Obama has joined the discussion, "accusing Republican politicians who oppose unionization of being more concerned about German shareholders than U.S. workers," according to Reuters.
In this month’s Ask The Doctor segment, Dr. Danielle Mitchell joins us. She founded the Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health, and she’s got practical tips on staying motivated while working out, and how to build an inexpensive home gym.
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St. Paul, capital of Minnesota, the land of inexpensive health insurance.
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Chattanooga has been named as a likely site for production of Volkswagen's newest sport utility vehicle. But U.S. Senator Bob Corker says if plant workers decide to reject the United Auto Workers, that could clinch the deal.
The unionization vote at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant has spurred impassioned debate. Various pro-union and anti-union organizations are in the Scenic City, attempting to persuade local VW workers to vote one way or another. One group put up billboards around town that say, “Auto Unions Ate Detroit. Next Meal: Chattanooga?”
The JumpFund is Chattanooga’s first female-centered angel fund, with $2 million in projected assets. By the middle of this year, the six partners administering the fund plan to begin investing in 12 female-led companies centered in Chattanooga. WUTC's Richard Winham talked to two of the partners in the fund, Kristina Montague and Leonora Williamson.
Nooga.com conducted a poll of Hamilton County voters, and found that 55% of them believe if United Auto Workers unionize the local plant, it will have a negative impact on economic development. About four hundred voters answered questions for the survey.