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The Americans with Charlie LeDuff: The death of the UAW

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A billboard in Tennessee that was placed ahead of a recent vote rejecting union workers at a Volkswagen plant. A billboard in Tennessee that was placed ahead of a recent vote rejecting union workers at a Volkswagen plant.
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    LeDuff: There are conflicting accounts about what happened between the cop and the teen.   There is no videotape and so we may never know what really happened. But after getting an unprovoked beating with a traffic cone in Ferguson myself, I wondered what it must be like to be on the other side of the shield.
    LeDuff: There are conflicting accounts about what happened between the cop and the teen. There is no videotape and so we may never know what really happened. But after getting an unprovoked beating with a traffic cone in Ferguson myself, I wondered what it must be like to be on the other side of the shield.

As you might of heard, the UAW went down to Chattanooga, Tenn. and took a bullet a few weeks ago when non-unionized workers at the Volkswagen plant told them to pack their carpet bags and head north.

Now the question is: Why would a Southern man trust his future to a German company and not an American union? We deserve an explanation, since we not only bailed out the auto companies but also the pension fund of the UAW. 

In this edition of The Americans with Charlie LeDuff, the crew takes us on a journey that starts at the UAW headquarters in Detroit and takes us to plants in Tennessee and Alabama.

LeDuff talks to workers at the Volkswagen plant: Matt Patterson, Executive Director, Center for Worker Freedom, an anti-union organization; workers at a Mercedes plant; a man who is unemployed and eats squirrel; and LeDuff wraps it up with an interesting conversation with Republican Senator Richard Shelby from Alabama.

Play the video in the player to see the full report. Play the bonus Daily Minute to get more from the DC guy with a Manhattan cell phone and some food for thought from a man who feeds his family squirrel.

 

 

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