U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, UAW spar over Volkswagen in Chattanooga

photo U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn.

photo The VW logo is seen on the front of one of dozens of new Passats made at the Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant parked outside the plant.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Friday said top Volkswagen leaders aren't pushing United Auto Workers' efforts in Chattanooga, and he contended there's no link between plant expansion and setting up a factory works council.

But a UAW official said VW employees won't be "intimidated by outside forces," and that the German automaker has "an outstanding track record" of working with organized labor globally.