Sen. Corker addresses UAW appeal during Chattanooga visit
Talk of union representation at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant has been in the headlines for months, and although the vote is over -- the fight is not.
Last month Chattanooga VW workers rejected UAW representation, 712-626. The vote, and the fallout, hits home with U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who was instrumental in bringing Volkswagen to the Scenic City.
On Thursday, Corker utilized a Rotary speech to local business and community leaders to lay out his reasons why he hopes VW workers will keep telling the UAW "no."
"I'm not anti-union, it's just the UAW in particular," Corker said Thursday. "I've seen the path of job destruction they've left behind throughout the country.
Wrapping up his four-day tour across Tennessee in Chattanooga, Sen. Corker said the UAW and Volkswagen have drawn questions from across the state.
"Literally, everywhere I go people ask about it," he said.
But UAW's appeal didn't come as any surprise to the senator. The National Labor Relations Board announced it will hear both sides in a hearing next month.
"I know it's going to be unsettled for a period of time, and therefore the decision about what happens in the future is going to be unsettled for a period of time," said Corker.
The senator said he spoke with a Volkswagen rep in Washington last week, and believes the company will not officially announce whether Chattanooga will build its new SUV anytime soon.
"They've made us aware that until the clouds kind of disappear, it's likely this decision will not be made," Corker said.
The NLRB hearing is set for April 7th in Chattanooga, although sources close to Corker said it could be moved back until the 21st.