Workers voted 712-626 against unionizing the Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, a blow to labor in the South. It was also a blow to enlightened management. Volkswagen executives quietly supported the union movement so that  the company could create productive workers councils such as it uses in Europe. But Republican politicians and interest groups spent huge sums — and told a number of untruths — so that workers would override the wishes of company management.

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