Gary Casteel makes remarks at a news conference in ChattanoogaWith the aid of Bernie Woodall CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) – In a stinging defeat that would speed up the many years-lengthy decline of the United Auto Employees, Volkswagen AG workers voted in opposition to union illustration at a Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, which had been seen as prepared labor's perfect probability to enlarge within the U.S. South. The loss, 712 to 626, capped a dash finish to a protracted race and was specifically shocking for UAW supporters, because Volkswagen had allowed the union get right of entry to to the manufacturing unit and formally stayed neutral on the vote, while other producers were opposed to geared up labor. UAW spent greater than two years organizing after which called a snap election in an settlement with VW.