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VW workers' vote tells UAW it needs a better sales pitch
VW workers' vote tells UAW it needs a better sales pitch

The United Auto Workers' failure to organize workers at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., last week led its supporters to complain bitterly about their opponents' tactics, and particularly the rhetoric and threats by some state Republican leaders. The GOP scaremongering (Chattanooga will become Detroit! VW will shun Tennessee in favor of Mexico!) was certainly over the top, and the threat to withhold tax incentives from future VW factories was unseemly. Still, it's hard to blame the hyperbolic warnings and threats for the 712-626 vote against the UAW. For starters, the Republicans' arguments about future VW investments were largely irrelevant to the question facing each worker,...

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