"Executives at Volkswagen met last night to discuss the closure of a plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee after workers there voted to reject the formation of a worker’s council through joining the United Autoworkers Union (UAW). The closure of the plant will cost an estimated 13,000 jobs.
Following intense conservative campaigning against the prospect of workers in the state joining a union, Bernd Osterloh, speaking for Volkswagen, said that the company would look to other parts of the US for opening new plants in the future:
“I can imagine fairly well that another VW factory in the United States, provided that one more should still be set up there, does not necessarily have to be assigned to the south again.”
Osterloch also went on to openly attack the anti-union elements in Tennessee who he said were ultimately responsible for the decision to close the plant:
“The conservatives stirred up massive, anti-union sentiments. It’s possible that the conclusion will be drawn that this interference amounted to unfair labor praxis.”
The National Report website quoted a senior source involved with the negotiations, who said that conservative lawmakers in the state had flat-out lied to workers (possibly violating federal law) about the consequences of forming a German-style worker’s council:"
"A hundred million years from now, when we're all dead and gone, a team of geologists will be digging in a field somewhere ...
... and they will discover, buried in the rocks below, a thin layer of sediment — very thin, about the width of a cigarette paper, says British stratigrapher Jan Zalasiewicz. That skinny strip, when they look close, will send what's called a "biostratigraphic signal" that something enormous happened back in our era, something life-changing, planet-reorganizing, even Earth-shaping. The evidence, when they look closely, will be visible in that same skinny layer all over the world. In her new book, The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert describes what they'll find."