CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) Volkswagen workers have voted no against the UAW, and now it is back to everyday business for them.
There were 712 workers against the union and 626 for it. UAW members still felt that the process was not as pure as it could have been.
Last night after the results were in, UAW’s regional director Gary Casteel addressed that point.
“We think it’s unfortunate that there were some outside influences that was exerted into this process,” Casteel said.
He was referring to politicians like U.S. Senator Bob Corker, who was in Chattanooga the day after the election results to express his excitement.
“I do think this is a great ending, at least for now here in our community,” Corker said. “And again I couldn’t be more thrilled for the employees who were there.”
UAW representatives felt that politicians were swaying voter. It was something the union opposition couldn’t prove, but thought was justified.
“He [Corker] was well within his right,” said Mike Burton a Volkswagen employee.
Burton went on to say that some of the current employees are working on their own form of a union now.
“We’re creating a tea of folks that want to have an organization that will interface with management in an effective way,’’ Burton said.
They know that the UAW can return after a year and try to unionize the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant.