Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairwoman Khristy Wilkinson today called on Hamilton County elected officials to stay out of the Volkswagen union vote this week.
"Let the workers decide," she said in response to Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger's statement calling on workers to reject the United Auto Workers.
Wilkinson said there is an anti-union overtone in the Hamilton County political landscape that is harmful to the hard-working people who live and work here.
"The workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant have a right to organize without the interference of Hamilton County's elected officials flexing in opposition," said Wilkinson.
She said the Hamilton County Democratic Party has long partnered with local labor organizations to achieve mutually beneficial ends and to support candidates who commit to defending workers' rights and creating better opportunities for education and economic mobility in Hamilton County.
"Tennessee is a low-wage state," Wilkinson said. "Republican efforts to thwart unionization at Volkswagen is just another way to limit economic mobility for the working class, and increase profits for those at the top."