Patterson: Southern workers continue to reject unions

photo A worker fixes a logo to a Volkswagen car.

Bob King has been busy.

The soon-to-be retired president of the United Autoworkers union has been trying to shore up his legacy as head of the once-powerful labor organization, telling foreign press that unionization of Chattanooga's Volkswagen facility is a slam dunk, and telling supporters in a speech on Jan. 15 that his union will continue to fight for the working man against the hated One Percent.

King seems anxious, and not just because he is a member of that One Percent (tax documents show he makes over $221,000), and not just because success in Chattanooga is by no means a slam dunk (much will depend on whether the workers are allowed a secret ballot election).