Volkswagen labor battle seen as pivotal for the South

photo A worker fixes a logo to a Volkswagen car.

Wall Street Journal editorial board member Steve Moore railed against the United Auto Workers union's attempt to organize in Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant Wednesday night.

"It's like inserting a cancer cell into a body," he said. "That one cancer cell is going to multiply and kill the body. It's a disruptive influence."

The outspoken conservative addressed about 50 Chattanooga business people and civic leaders at Wednesday night's event, which was sponsored by The Beacon Center of Tennessee, a nonprofit lobbying group that aims to advance free market policy in the state.

Moore argued that auto manufacturers have fled union-dominated states during the last 25 years to set up shop in less-unionized states, often in the South.