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Francis Wilkinson

Unions After Chattanooga: Q&A With Rich Yeselson

I asked Rich Yeselson, a former union strategist and author of this excellent article on the United Automobile Workers' failed effort to unionize a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to answer a few questions.
Running on empty? Photographer: Norm Betts/Bloomberg News
Running on empty? Photographer: Norm Betts/Bloomberg News

I asked Rich Yeselson, a former union strategist and author of this excellent article on the United Automobile Workers' failed effort to unionize a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to answer a few questions, via e-mail, about the meaning of the Chattanooga vote and the future of unionism in the U.S. Here is a lightly edited transcript.

Question: Who lost in Chattanooga last week? The UAW? Volkswagen? The plant workers?