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Tenn. lawmakers issue threat in VW union move

GOP accuse Volkswagen of backing the UAW as nears.

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1,500 Volkswagen workers vote from Wednesday Friday The vote is UAW’s opportunity to win support at a foreign-owned plant since Honda building cars in Ohio than 30 years ago Volkswagen to expand in Chattanooga or at a Mexican to produce a midsize SUV

The crusade by forces in Tennessee. including the governor and senior senator, is as a fight with Volkswagen as with the UAW.

Not only are legislators accusing Volkswagen of the UAW, some of their on Monday threatened to withhold tax for future expansion of the 3-year-old plant in Chattanooga if workers this week to join the

About 1,500 workers vote from Wednesday Friday in an election that the Labor Relations Board conduct.

The company plans to in Chattanooga or at a Mexican plant to a midsize SUV. Overall, intends to invest about $7 in North America over the five years to achieve a of selling more than 1 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles in the by 2018.

It has been widely that Volkswagen has promoted a that has been unfair, and, quite frankly, in the traditions of American labor State Sen. Bo Watson, said in a statement sent to the Press. Should the workers to be represented by the United Auto then I believe additional for expansion will have a tough time passing the Senate.

After an organizing campaign began about two years this week’s vote is the best opportunity to win support at a assembly plant since began building cars in more than 30 years More than a half-dozen efforts at Japanese factories in the have failed.

Volkswagen has to remain neutral, but the recent by Tennessee Gov. Bill U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and anti-tax lobbyist Grover led the automaker’s management to issue a over the weekend that political groups won’t us from the work at hand: creating jobs, growing and great automobiles.

State House Democratic Chairman Mike Turner Republican colleagues at a news in Nashville, Tenn. on Monday, 10, 2014. (Photo: Erik AP)

Norquist and a group called for Worker Freedom have about a dozen digital in the Chattanooga area trumpeting messages. One shows an image of the Packard ruins with the Detroit: Brought to You by the UAW.

The has allowed anti-union groups the plant to talk to workers and printed material.

David a spokesman for Haslam, said the believes it will become difficult for Tennessee to recruit new to the state if the Volkswagen workers are by the UAW.

Any discussions of incentives are of additional and continued talks VW, which we look forward to, said.

A group called Southern echoed that position in a on Monday.

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Further financial — which are absolutely necessary for the of the VW facility — simply will not if the UAW wins this election, Maury Nicely, a Chattanooga, labor lawyer opposed to cooperation with the union.

legislators, who are a minority in both of the Tennessee General Assembly, Volkswagen’s prerogative to manage the as it chooses.

In my 20 years on the hill, never seen such a intrusion into the affairs of a company, said Tennessee Craig Fitzhugh, D-Ripley.

Winterkorn, Volkswagen’s global said last month the SUV will go on sale in 2016 and the plant is under consideration for the Volkswagen also has a plant in Mexico.

If workers at the Volkswagen plant in vote for UAW representation, the union and will form a German-style council. The council is a structure uses at most of its assembly around the world.

Volkswagen that the UAW has agreed to delegate to the council many of the functions and ordinarily performed by unions.

considers their works their strategic competitive said Arthur Wheaton, a at Cornell University’s School of and Labor Relations. U.S. law does not allow them to a works council without a union.

Wheaton said would prefer to build the SUV in the because it has the space in Chattanooga and it would keep transportation down.

Our works councils are key to our success and It is a business model that to make Volkswagen the second-largest car in the world, Frank Fischer, and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, said in a

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