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By KEVIN | 2/14/14 10:15 PM EST Updated: 11:52 AM EST

Volkswagen workers in Tenn. have rejected the Auto Workers, shooting the union’s hopes of securing a at a foreign-owned auto plant in the

The vote, announced late night after three of balloting, is a devastating loss for the whose membership has plummeted a high of 1.5 million in 1979 to 400,000 today. Outgoing UAW Bob King had staked his legacy on a Southern auto plant for the time.

But the decision is a triumph for Republicans like Sen. Bob who lured Volkswagen to Chattanooga as in the early 2000s. Corker and Republicans warned workers the UAW’s presence would harm the plant, and in recent he claimed with little that Volkswagen would not to expand the plant if workers

“Needless to say, I am thrilled for the at Volkswagen and for our community and its future,” said in a brief statement night.

The D.C.-based Center for Freedom, a division of conservative Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax also campaigned against the drive by blaming unions for economic woes and saying the UAW liberal politicians who favor gun

In a statement, the UAW blamed the conservative and Tennessee Republicans for their defeat, with UAW Region 8 Gary Casteel saying “politically motivated third threatened the economic future of facility and the opportunity for workers to a successful operating model would grow jobs in

“While we’re outraged by and outside special interest interfering with the basic right of workers to form a we’re proud that workers were brave and up to the tremendous pressure from UAW Secretary-Treasurer Dennis Williams “We hope this start a larger discussion workers’ right to organize.”

The Center for Worker Freedom the loss as a setback for the UAW and for President Obama, who had criticized the Republicans’ campaign earlier Friday.


workers at Volkswagen looked at the of this union and made the decision for themselves, their and their community,” Matt the center’s executive director, in a statement. “In spite of the multi-million dollar propaganda and with company and government at Obama’s NLRB aiding the in every possible way, learned the facts and were to make an informed decision.”

If the UAW couldn’t succeed in Chattanooga, unlikely to find success in the South.

The UAW had advantages in organizing the plant it probably won’t elsewhere. For starters, Volkswagen pressure from the powerful steelworkers’ union, IG Metall, holds seats on the company’s decided not to resist unionization. The presence would have allowed the company to set up a German-style council,” in which representatives of workers and middle management advice to executives on how to best run the

“I don’t think is a bellwether for future success for the said Donald Schroeder, a labor lawyer at Mintz before the results were “The UAW almost has had a free run at

While the German union has seats on the boards of BMW and Mercedes-Benz, companies haven’t indicated welcome a works council at plants in South Carolina or But the works council concept is alive.

Other foreign-owned automakers in the like Nissan and Hyundai, are likely to strongly resist attempts.

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In addition, Volkswagen’s were underpaid by industry with wages topping out in the low range.

The vote started amid intense attention in Conservative groups, led by Norquist’s had led the anti-union charge even as stayed officially neutral on the The Center for Worker Freedom for a dozen billboards around linking the UAW to Detroit, Obama, and gun control.

Meanwhile, GOP leaders in warned that a union could jeopardize Volkswagen’s tax

On Friday, Obama voiced for the unionization effort, telling Democrats at a closed-door meeting Republicans looking to block the were “more concerned German shareholders than workers.”

Before the vote, the union had interest in working with to form a works council, a of union-corporate partnership that is in Germany but unheard of in the United But some observers said thought the UAW would have adjusting to a more collaborative and that Volkswagen “does not understand the ramifications of allowing an union.”

“The model works in Germany can’t be here,” Schroeder said. not going to be collaborative. It’s to be a lot more antagonistic.”

The UAW had hoped a in Tennessee could be replicated and it’s unlikely to complete up on either the works council or attempts to unionize in the South.

we don’t organize these I don’t think there’s a future for the UAW I really don’t,” said in 2011.

CORRECTION: A previous version of report incorrectly reported the of the executive director of the Center for Freedom. His name is Matt

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