Southern governors warn automobile workers against UAW’s ‘scare tactics’ pushing unionization

Just a day before workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, are scheduled to vote on whether or not to join the United Auto Workers Union, six southern governors signed a joint statement warning workers that unionization could risk their job security. 

So far, the UAW has failed to gain traction in the South. Unionization efforts at this particular Volkswagen plant have already failed twice, both in 2014 and in 2019. If the vote passes, it could propel the UAW efforts further in the South. Workers at a Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, have already petitioned labor officials for a union election and are just awaiting a date. 

The UAW has spent nearly $40 million in this latest campaign to appeal to non-union workers in the South. However, with Tennessee being a right-to-work state, workers are
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