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In this July 31, 2012, file photo, an employee works on a Passat sedan at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.
In this July 31, 2012, file photo, an employee works on a Passat sedan at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn.
(Erik Schelzig/AP)

Failed Tennessee union drive mystifies European car makers

Union bashers have made much of the United Auto Workers’ failure to organize a Volkswagen assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. To hear the conservative commentariat tell it, the defeat (by a margin of 53-47 per cent) underscores how detached Big Labour has become from reality and how shrewd VW workers were to reject a move that would inevitably make the plant less competitive with non-union operations in Mexico.