The UAW’s decision to appeal its narrow defeat in the representation election at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, TN, assembly plant appears to come as no surprise to industry analysts. “They were just too close to walk away,” says Harley Shaiken, professor-labor relations for the University of California at Berkeley, who notes the 712-626 defeat left the union less than 45 votes shy of its long-cherished goal of organizing workers at a Southern assembly plant operated by a ...

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