Saturday, February 15 2014, 06:15 PM EST
Sen. Corker Thanks Volkswagen Workers
More than 1,300 Volkswagen employees cast their ballots this week, putting an end, for now, to the battle between national conservative groups and labor leaders in Chattanooga.
In a vote of 712 to 626, they rejected the United Auto Workers Union.
"This was a very difficult decision to make," said Donna Allmon, an employee at Volkswagen. "I know my co-workers put in a lot of hard work, whether they were for or against the union. In the end, I think it was the best for Volkswagen, and Chattanooga."
Volkswagen worked closely with the UAW, and allowed them to campaign inside the facility. As a result, Senator Bob Corker believes employees were only getting one-sided information.
He now praised all Volkswagen employees for their research, and commitment to making an informed decision, no matter what they voted.
"On their own time, their heroic, I think," Corker said. "Making sure both sides of the argument were heard out at the plant."
He said the UAW is a job destroying entity, and does not fit with the company culture at Volkswagen.
"It has created the kind of culture in its facilities that is nothing like the culture defined at Volkswagen," he said.
There are many, who are disappointed with the result.
We spoke with Perrin Lance, the executive director of Organized for Action Chattanooga. He thinks politicians such as Sen. Corker should have been uninvolved.
"I don't think the election was fair," Lance said. "I think that politics should have stayed out of it. I think the politicians, Sen. Bob Corker, should let workers decide. But unfortunately, they used their power and privileges of their position to influence the election one way or another."
Lance said even though he is disappointed about these results, ultimately, this is only the beginning.
"I don't think this is a fight that's seen its last day. I think eventually, union will come to Chattanooga. It's just a matter of when."
If the UAW won, it would have been the first time they organized a foreign-owned auto plant in the southeast.