Apr 19, 2024 - Economy

Reality check: Mounting pressure

Opposition among Southern Republicans has intensified in recent days.

  • Beyond Chattanooga, the UAW has secured a vote to organize the Mercedes-Benz factory in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.
  • And it is making progress in its bid to organize other facilities, including Tesla, Hyundai and Toyota sites.

Between the lines: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee — along with the governors of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas — issued a statement on Tuesday bashing the UAW campaign to organize plants in their states.

  • The effort is "driven by misinformation and scare tactics," and "we do not need to pay a third party to tell us who can pick up a box or flip a switch," the governors said.

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