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Sen. Bob Corker Tries to Scare Auto Workers From Joining Union

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) often calls for more jobs in America, but at the same time, doesn't want those jobs to be high-paying union jobs.

According to Reuters, Sen. Corker claimed yesterday that he was “assured” that if workers at the Volkswagen AG car plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. vote down representation by the United Auto Workers union, then Volkswagen will reward that car plant with a new product to build.

“I’ve had conversations today and based on those am assured that should the workers vote against the UAW, Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new mid-size SUV here in Chattanooga,” claimed Sen. Corker.

“I’m really kind of shocked at Corker’s statement,” said National Labor Relations Board expert Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt,. “It’s so inconsistent with what VW has been saying and VW’s labor relations policy in general.”

According to WRCB, Chattanooga CEO and Chairman Frank Fischer, recently said in a press release, "There is no connection between our Chattanooga employees' decision about whether to be represented by a union and the decision about where to build a new product for the U.S. market."

However, Sen. Corker issued a statement today, "Believe me, the decisions regarding the Volkswagen expansion are not being made by anyone in management at the Chattanooga plant and we are also very aware Frank Fischer is having to use old talking points when he responds to press inquiries."

"After all these years and my involvement with Volkswagen, I would not have made the statement I made yesterday without being confident it was true and factual," added Sen. Corker.

Sources: Reuters and WRCB


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