Tennessee state Rep. Smith plans legislation to restrict unionization efforts

Although she raised the issue during the Ford special session, her efforts would only affect future projects

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford speaks during a presentation on the planned factory to build electric F-Series trucks and the batteries to power future electric Ford and Lincoln vehicles Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Memphis, Tenn. The Tennessee plant is to be built near Stanton, Tenn. / AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

NASHVILLE - After being blocked in her legislative effort to prohibit Ford Motor Co. from allowing the United Auto Workers to unionize workers at a planned plant in West Tennessee through a "card check" certification process viewed by critics as too union friendly, state Rep. Robin Smith says she intends to offer a retooled version of the bill to halt the method next year.

But it won't apply to the now-approved legislation for the Ford plant, the Hixson Republican said, because it can't be applied retroactively. She said her hope is to have it apply to efforts at other companies and operations going forward.

Smith had offered a House floor amendment Wednesday in this week's special session on the appropriation bill brought by Gov.