I know the Volkswagen/UAW vote is over and the union lost by a fairly slim margin (712-626 or just 45 votes the other way) but it’s still worth noting that the GOP did everything it could to interfere. They lied about Volkswagen bringing more jobs to the area if the workers voted against the union (which VW repeatedly denied) and they flat out threatened the company:
State Senator Bo Watson, who represents a suburb of Chattanooga, warned on Monday that if VW’s workers voted to embrace the U.A.W., the Republican-controlled Legislature might vote against approving future incentives to help the plant expand.
“The members of the Tennessee Senate will not view unionization as in the best interest of Tennessee,” Mr. Watson said at a news conference. He added that a pro-U.A.W. vote would make it “exponentially more challenging” for the legislature to approve future subsidies.
Mind you, Volkswagen WANTED the union. Unions, of course, helped the American middle class (and America itself) thrive and grow for decades. But unions are one of the most effective counters to the massive amount of money corporations pour into elections. They also keep corporate greed in check. Hence, unions must not be allowed to propagate. Can’t have the common rabble pooling their resources to have a voice to match the billionaires, can we?