UAW drops appeal of defeat in Volkswagen vote

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 21, 2014 at 4:17 pm •  Published: April 21, 2014
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"The UAW has taken the first step and all those responsible in the USA must now look to the future and pull in the same direction," the Works Council statement said.

Corker and Haslam oppose UAW expanding its reach in Tennessee, arguing that a union win at Volkswagen would hurt the state's ability to attract other manufacturers and suppliers. The vote proved a setback for the UAW, which hopes to expand to foreign-owned auto plants in the U.S., particularly those in the South.

Haslam told reporters on Monday that he was eager to resume negotiations with Volkswagen for the first time since January.

The governor said that the timing of any incentive package would be linked to the company's plans for the plant, and that it was unclear whether the state Legislature would have to be called back into session to approve the subsidies.

Haslam also acknowledged that the end of the NLRB case does not preclude future union involvement in the plant.

"Obviously at any point in time, if there's an election if the UAW wins, they win," Haslam said. "Our concern here was there was a clear election and they hadn't won."

Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor, was particularly vocal during the three-day union vote in February, predicting the company would announce an expansion within two weeks of workers rejecting the union.

The senator later blamed the UAW appeal — and the resulting delay in certifying the results of the union election — for putting a hold on expansion talks at the plant. Corker and Haslam both fought the union's efforts to compel them to produce documents and appear at NLRB hearings as part of the appeal.

"It's a shame the UAW slowed the momentum on our expansion conversations with Volkswagen, but now it's time for VW, our state and our community to re-engage and move forward with bringing additional jobs to Chattanooga," Corker said in a statement.



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