TN. Gov. Bill Haslam at Volkswagen Chattanooga. Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said today that business recruitment to the state is being hindered by the United Auto Workers' organizing efforts at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant.
"I've had several folks recently say that if the UAW comes, that would dampen our enthusiasm for Tennessee," the governor said in remarks to Times Free Press reporters and editors. "They feel like 'We're looking at Tennessee because it's a right to work state.'"
Haslam said he also has talked with VW officials in Chattanooga and in Germany, who tell him that the works council labor board under consideration at the local assembly plant should not be "an ultimate concern."
But, he said, state officials have been clear with VW that its works councils and Tennessee's history with the UAW "we feel like are two very different things."