published Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Tennessee attorney general seeks to revoke UAW subpoenas in VW plant case

Volkswagen Chattanooga
Volkswagen Chattanooga

Tennessee’s attorney general today sought to revoke subpoenas for Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials which were served earlier by the United Auto Workers for the union’s appeal hearing next week.

State Attorney General Robert Cooper said the subpoenas are overly broad, unduly burdensome, and seek information that is not relevant to the National Labor Relations Board hearing. Cooper’s filing also seeks to delay the hearing, which is slated for Monday in Chattanooga.

The attorney general’s petition seeks to quash the subpoenas of Haslam, Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson, Speaker of the House Beth Harwell, and House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick as well as State Economic Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, aide Will Alexander, and Tres Wittum, Watson’s aide.

The UAW in its appeal has cited interference by third-party groups and Republican politicians in the election in which VW workers rejected the union’s organizing attempt by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin.

See more in Friday's Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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