A top Volkswagen labor leader and supporter of the United Auto Workers organizing efforts in Chattanooga says he will raise the prospects of a second production model at the local factory when he meets with Tennessee Governor. Bill Haslam, according to Reuters.
Bernd Osterloh, head of VW's global works council, said he plans to meet politicians and other supporters and opponents of the UAW over the next weeks on a visit that had to be changed after his plane was grounded last week because of mechanical issues, Reuters said.
Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told the German daily Handelsblatt that it would be one of Volkswagen's "biggest mistakes" to allow the UAW to represent workers at its Chattanooga plant.
Today's edition of German business newspaper quoted Corker as saying that while VW may be working successfully with other unions across the globe, the UAW would be the wrong partner.