As the vote at Volkswagen AG’s Chattanooga plant goes on, US Senator Bob Corker defended its decision to talk against the labor union organizing campaign, as he tries to make a final strike among the workers called to decide on representation by the United Auto Workers.
The senator decided to speak up again and defend a declaration he made on Wednesday, in which he said he had “conversations” that hinted at coming investments from Volkswagen if the workers voted against the United Auto Workers.
“Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new mid-size SUV here in Chattanooga,” Corker said on Wednesday.
Frank Fischer, chief executive of VW Chattanooga, on the other hand contradicted him and said the two things have “no connection” and Volkswagen’s German headquarters backed him adding they had no comments beyond what he already said.
“After all these years and my involvement with Volkswagen, I would not have made the statement I made yesterday without being confident it was true and factual,” said Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor who helped negotiate the VW plant deal.
The Republican senator declined to disclose its sources that led him believe a no-vote to the UAW would bring the investment, while also implying that a UAW win would hurt jobs in the state.