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Their senator said publicly and repeatedly that if they voted against joining a union, their company would bring more jobs to the region. A state senator said that if they voted for a union, their legislature would vote against funding for jobs expansion. And the threats to Volkswagen workers apparently had their intended effect: The workers voted narrowly against joining the UAW in results just counted.

According to an emailed press release from the UAW:

At the end of voting on Friday, Volkswagen workers voted against joining the union in a vote of 712 to 626. [...]

“While we’re outraged by politicians and outside special interest groups interfering with the basic legal right of workers to form a union, we’re proud that these workers were brave and stood up to the tremendous pressure from outside,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Dennis Williams, who directs the union’s transnational program. “We hope this will start a larger discussion about workers’ right to organize.”

If all of your elected officials were saying that you choosing more power in the workplace and better wages and working conditions would mean fewer jobs, wouldn't you think twice? Fear works for Republicans. They use it effectively.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 07:17 PM PST.

Also republished by Three Star Kossacks, Hellraisers Journal, and Daily Kos.

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