My Highest-Earning NewsBreak Story in April was About Labor Unions

Workers scored a big victory at VW Chattanooga

Andy Spears
2 min readMay 3, 2024
Photo by carlos aranda on Unsplash

While the numbers at NewsBreak are not as good as they once were in terms of earnings, it’s still a decent place to earn money writing.

Each month, I note my top-earning story. Typically, it’s about a controversial political topic with a local angle.

In April, it was a story about the United Auto Workers (UAW) winning their organizing drive and forming a union at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

This was a big win — Tennessee’s Governor, Bill Lee, vocally opposed the measure. So did Tennessee’s two U.S. Senators. And the Mayor of Hamilton County (where Chattanooga is located).

Two previous attempts to unionize the VW plant failed.

Interestingly, the Chattanooga plant was the only VW plant in the world NOT unionized.

Until April.

So, it was big, big news and it happened in TN.

Here’s that story:



Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .