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UAW won in Tennessee

| Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

As a fellow union brother (retired), I wish to congratulate the United Auto Workers on its diligence to bring union membership to the workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., on July 15.

The new UAW Local 42 is a feather in the union's cap after the propaganda spread by Bob Corker, the former Chattanooga mayor who is now a U.S. senator. He falsely stated to the workers that if they agreed to a union, Volkswagen would move its new, mid-size SUV operations to Mexico. Volkswagen immediately rebutted his statement, saying forming a union would have no bearing on its decision.

The only uncertainty now is Volkswagen's continuing negotiations with the state of Tennessee on a proposed $300 million incentive package to persuade VW to build in Chattanooga. It's a move that could bring hundreds of millions in new investments and create hundreds of good-paying union jobs. Hopefully, the union victory won't result in Tennessee's lawmakers refusing to approve the incentives package they originally offered Volkswagen.

When a unionization vote failed in February, the conservative media labeled the defeat of the UAW a major blow to the union and union membership nationwide. Instead, the UAW responded with a major membership victory in Chattanooga.

Congratulations, UAW. You made the right-wing propaganda machine stick its big feet in its collective mouth.

Raymond Anthony

Fawn

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