“The United Auto Workers’ failed invasion of the South has all the earmarks of the old ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ philosophy mixed with more than a touch of anti-unionism inherent in the region’s distrust of collective bargaining led by outsiders,” columnist Dan K. Thomasson wrote. He said that union officials shouldn’t have been surprised that hourly workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant voted against joining the union.
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