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Union Vote in Tennessee Could Be Labor Rally Point

February 5, 2014 – In The News

James A. Matthews, III was quoted in the CNBC article, "Union Vote in Tennessee Could Be Labor Rally Point." While the full text can be found in the February 5, 2014, edition of CNBC, a synopsis is noted below

Workers at an automobile assembly plant in Tennessee will vote next week on whether to join the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.

Tennessee is one of 24 states with “right-to-work” laws that allow nonunion workers to receive the benefits of union representation without having to pay union dues, which traditionally has made it somewhat easier for employers to beat back union-organizing efforts.

If the vote goes negative, unions will likely suffer a setback, according to James Matthews.

"It would be a major black eye for the UAW," said Matthews. "You have a situation where the company agreed to an election and you still can't get a majority vote. It doesn't say much for the UAW and labor."

If the UAW loses, said Matthews, it’s because workers don’t feel the unions make a difference in their lives.

"The UAW and other unions have to do a better job of selling themselves and letting workers see the benefits," he said. "They haven't been very good at that."