published Friday, February 7th, 2014

Area GOP leaders plan news conference Monday on Chattanooga VW plant union vote

Should VW unionize in Chattanooga?

NASHVILLE — State Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Bo Watson, R-Hixson, House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, and other area Republican legislators plan to hold a news conference Monday regarding next week's unionization vote at the Volkswagen plant.

Republicans from Gov. Bill Haslam to U.S. Sen. Bob Corker have come out against the United Auto Workers Union to organize the Chattanooga auto assembly plant. Area legislators are expected to do the same.

The news conference will be held at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at the Chattanooga State Office Building at 540 McCallie Ave.

The three-day vote among plant workers will begin Wednesday. Labor and anti-labor groups from around the country have jumped into issue, seeking to influence the vote.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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