Corker spokesman downplays new UAW local

Corker spokesman downplays new UAW local

July 11th, 2014 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

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A spokesman for U.S. Senator Bob Corker today downplayed the United Auto Workers announcement Thursday that it would open a new local in Chattanooga with hopes of eventually organizing the Volkswagen plant.

"There has been some confusion about what happened yesterday related to the UAW's announcement that they are opening an office in Chattanooga and its impact on Volkswagen's expansion considerations," said Todd Womack, Corker's chief of staff. "The fact is, nothing happened."

Womack said that any union can rent space in any city and open an office.

"Volkswagen made it very clear in their statement that they have no agreement whatsoever with the UAW," he said.

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