published Friday, February 21st, 2014

Sen. Bob Corker says UAW appeal may delay SUV decision

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is shown in this file photo.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., is shown in this file photo.
Photo by Staff File Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said today he believes an appeal of the union election results at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant filed today may slow down a decision by the automaker on where to produce a new sport utility vehicle.

VW is looking at making the SUV in either Chattanooga or Mexico.

He said that workers “clearly spoke” last week during the vote in which VW workers rejected the United Auto Workers bid to organize the plant, and he expressed disappointment the UAW is “ignoring their decision” by filing an objection.

“This complaint affirms the point many of us have been making: that the UAW is only interested in its own survival and not the interests of the great employees at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen facility nor the company for which they work,” the Tennessee Republican said in a statement.

Workers at the plant voted 712 to 626 to turn back the UAW organizing effort.

The UAW appealed to the National Labor Relations Board to overturn the results and order a new election.

See more on Saturday’s Times Free Press.

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