published Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Gov. Bill Haslam tries to keep UAW out of Tennessee

Chattanooga Volkswagen plant to vote next week on unionizing

As workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant prepare to vote next week on joining the United Auto Workers labor union, Gov. Bill Haslam is making a last-minute pitch to the German automaker against unionization.

“We’re trying to be really clear: I think that there are some ramifications to the vote in terms of our ability to attract other suppliers,” Haslam told The Tennessean’s editorial board on Wednesday. “When we recruit other companies, that comes up every time.”

Haslam, along with Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, a former mayor of Chattanooga, has been an outspoken critic of UAW’s involvement in efforts to represent employees at what is the United States’ only Volkswagen plant.

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