The UAW suffered a devastating defeat at Volkswagenâ€™s plant here as workers rejected union representation by a 712-626 margin.
The defeat, which came despite Volkswagenâ€™s neutrality, tarnishes UAW President Bob Kingâ€™s legacy and could make it next to impossible for the union to extend its reach beyond domestic automakers.
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Even President Barack Obama weighed in Friday, taking aim at Tennessee Republican leaders, including U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and Gov. Bill Haslam, who he said â€śare more concerned about German shareholders than American workers.â€ť
Corker and Haslam had urged workers to vote against unionization. The workers clearly agreed with them.
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