Tuesday, February 18 2014, 03:08 PM EST
VW Employees Share Opinions Post-Announcement
Chattanooga Volkswagen employees cast their ballot... and let their voices be heard.
There are over 1,500 hourly employees at Volkswagen, and in a vote of 712 to 626, they rejected the union.
Donna Allmon is one of those employees, she has been working at Volkswagen for several years, and is thankful for the outcome of the vote.
"This was a very difficult decision to make. 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 its facility.
As a result, Senator Bob Corker believes employees were only getting one-sided information.
He is now praising 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. And making sure both sides of the argument were heard out at the plant," said Sen. Corker.
He says the UAW has been a job destroying entity and does not fit with the company culture at Volkswagen.
"That has created the kind of culture in facilities that is nothing like the culture defined at VW."
There are many, who are disappointed with the result. We also spoke with Perrin Lance...the Executive Director of Organized for Action Chattanooga. He believes politicians such as Senator Corker should have been uninvolved.
"I don't think the election was fair. I think that politics should have stayed out of it. I think the politicians, state Senator 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 says even though he's 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.
By: Betsy Goldin