The United Auto Workers suffered a devastating defeat at the polls at Volkswagen AG’s Chattanooga, Tenn., plant on Valentine's Day, losing a National Labor Relations Board-conducted election by a vote of 712 to 626. The defeat comes despite unusual management efforts to cooperate with the union in its organizing efforts.

The UAW effectively partnered with IG Metall, the powerful German union that has a seat on Volkswagen’s global board of directors, to achieve an unprecedented “Agreement for a Representation Election” that was signed on Jan. 20, 2014. ...

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