Gov. Lee, top Republicans celebrate failed UAW bid to unionize Volkswagen

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann speaks during the Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee gave the keynote address to the summit.

NASHVILLE - Top Tennessee Republican elected leaders are celebrating the United Auto Workers' failed second bid to win union representation at Volkswagen's Chattanooga assembly plant.

"The workers have spoken, and I think they spoke well on their own behalf, they didn't need someone else speaking for them," Gov. Bill Lee, who in April visited the plant and urged VW workers to reject the union, told reporters ahead of Saturday night's annual Tennessee Statesmen's fundraiser for the state GOP.

Lee said he believes workers "made the right decision, and I'm certain that will be the decision they have in the years ahead."