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UAW loss in Tennessee—College student research on today’s organized labor unions

Retired circuit judge Sam Payne, left, announces that Volkswagen employees voted to deny representation by the UAW union. Feb. 14, 2014, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry)

Retired circuit judge Sam Payne, left, announces that Volkswagen employees voted to deny representation by the UAW union. Feb. 14, 2014, in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Dan Henry)

The need for labor unions today, as well as what purpose they serve, has been called into question in recent years. There has been a strong decline in the power and size of organized labor groups during the latter part of the 20th century and into the 21st century. But according to Questia’s section on labor unions, the history of organized labor was once very strong and has been in existence since the early days of the United States, and there is much to be studied and researched about the groups who shaped the country’s economy and business landscape. What is behind the decreasing influence of labor unions today, such as the recent loss in Tennessee by the United Auto Workers Union, or UAW — and can they recover? Read more