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Today concludes a historic vote in Tennessee, where autoworkers are determining whether to make the Chattanooga VW plant the first foreign-owned auto plant in the South to be unionized.
Why it matters: If the [United Auto Workers union] prevails in unionizing the plant, it will be a historic win for a labor organization that has spent decades trying to build influence outside of Detroit and represent more factory workers across the car-manufacturing sector," the WSJ reports.
Be smart: This story line has been running for two decades, Axios' Joann Muller emailed.
The bottom line: "[T]he major manufacturing operations of [Toyota] and [Nissan] lie further south in states like Alabama and Mississippi that lack Tennessee’s history of partial unionization," Reuters notes.
Despite a fresh cast, “Men in Black International” goes over the top and under expectations, writes Flipboard’s Mia Quagliarello.
The scene: The 4th MIB film cranks up the special effects, blasters, and locales. Gone are Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, replaced by rookie agent Tessa Thompson (Agent M) and veteran Chris Hemsworth (Agent H).
Between the lines: Thompson and Hemsworth proved their chemistry during “Thor: Ragnarok,” but critics say it’s not enough to save MiB International's shallow characters, weak script, and dulling of edges that made the original so good.
The bottom line: That the org is still called "Men in Black," even with female agents, gets a nod from Emma Thompson (Agent O), the only carryover from previous films.