The United Auto Workers (UAW) asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a filling to delay its April 21 hearing related to the unionizing vote it lost in February.
The UAW cited a report aired by the US NewsChannel5 that cited email were exchanged between anti-union groups and public officials, among them members of the staffs of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Senator Bob Corker.
The broadcast said the correspondence involved a Volkswagen financial incentives initiative, called “Project Trinity” – which showed that Haslam’s administration offered $300 million in economic incentives to VW with the condition that its plant would not award access to the UAW.
“The offer did not preclude the creation of a works council or union representation as a condition for the incentives,” said Clint Brewer, assistant commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development in a statement.
Brewer also added that formally the incentive offer was actually withdrawn in January, before the UAW decided to file for a request to set up an election at Volkswagen’s plant.
The Tennessee Democrats – as the broadcasted documents only involved the Republicans have now called for an investigation into why the aforementioned documents were not made publicly available prior to the election – as legislators requested all documents last September.