Bob Corker: Volkswagen would become a 'laughingstock' for partnering with UAW

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker says Volkswagen would become a "laughingstock" if it goes through with a deal to have the United Auto Workers represent workers at its Chattanooga plant.

The Tennessee Republican told The Associated Press in a phone interview today that he was dismayed when VW last week sent a letter to employees regarding its discussion with the UAW about creating a German-style works council at the Chattanooga plant.

The senator said he hopes Volkswagen pulls back from what he called an "incomprehensible" decision to engage in talks with the UAW. Corker played a large role in persuading VW to build its lone U.S. assembly plant in the city where he was once mayor of Chattanooga.

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