JR, I don't know what law school you attended, but there is nothing illegal about this. VW is a publicly traded company, not a government entity, so the Commerce clause does not even come into play. When BMW relocated to Spartanburg, SC, BMW gave preference to SC workers. It was all stipulated as part of the agreement when states give financial incentives. Not a single federal lawsuit has EVER been filed against an auto company for these hiring preferences.
Tell me something, when Home Depot built their new corporate HQ in Vinings, they got hundreds of millions in tax breaks, too. Home Depot restricted their hiring to individuals who lived in the ATL area and those who transferred from the old HQ. Where was the outrage from GA residents then? What about UPS relocating to Alpharetta? Again, massive tax breaks. Again, no one from SE TN was hired. Where was the outrage?
North GA residents really need to get a clue before commenting on matters where they have no standing. North GA residents don't pay TN taxes (except for sales when you VOLUNTARILY come into Chattanooga to shop).
Meanwhile just look at the front page of today's paper. North GA folks are all up in arms about VW, and yet in your own backyard, Dalton is withering on the vine because of an unprepared workforce.