Governor Haslam concerned over reports of VW discussions with union for Chattanooga plant

Governor Haslam concerned over reports of VW discussions with union for Chattanooga plant

September 3rd, 2013 by Andy Sher in Local - Breaking News

Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at Volkswagen Chattanooga in this file photo.

Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE - Amid reports that Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers have begun negotiations for a works council at VW's Chattanooga plant, Gov. Bill Haslam said today he continues to have concerns about unions obtaining a toe hold.

"We've said all along our concern was on on two or three fronts," Haslam told reporters in Shelbyville as officials announced Calsonic Kansei North American Inc. will spend $109 million and add 1,200 new auto-related manufacturing jobs in Lewisburg, Shelbyville and Smyrna.

"No. 1, we have a [VW] plant and system that is working really well right now," the governor said. "No. 2, we have heard from other folks [companies] we're recruiting that that would be a damper on their enthusiasm for Tennessee."

Haslam added "we also are having a lot of conversations with Volkswagen. We feel very comfortable with our conversations with them."

The governor did not elaborate.