Bill Haslam wary of VW union impact on other industries

photo Bill Haslam

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that the possibility of Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant becoming unionized is coming up as a topic of concern among other industries the state is trying to recruit to Tennessee.

The Republican governor, who opposes the United Auto Workers' unionization efforts, said he has "heard that from some of the other people considering Tennessee that that would be a negative in their mind if that happened in Chattanooga."

"So," Haslam continued, "we've communicated that to Volkswagen. Ultimately, like I said, we want to see them [Volkswagen] grow here."

Meanwhile, an international labor expert said that German labor leaders backing the organizing effort in Chattanooga could influence whether a potential new model is produced in Tennessee or Mexico.

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