Senator Bob Corker says it wouldn’t make sense for Volkswagen employees to invite the UAW into the Chattanooga plant.
A union vote is scheduled for tomorrow. Corker maintains he’s not anti-union, but has little good to say about the United Auto Workers. Speaking to Chattanooga radio station WGOW, he encouraged workers to look at the way the economy in Detroit has largely crumbled, saying the UAW played a role in that decline. And closer to home, Corker referred to Tennessee’s unionized General Motors plant and the way production there has started and stopped several times through the years.
“I think if they had an opportunity to ride in a bus over to Spring Hill and spend 20 minutes there experiencing the culture that exists inside that plant, they would sprint back to the bus and want to be back in Chattanooga immediately, it’s just a totally different environment.”
Corker had once said he wouldn’t comment on the vote, but broke his silence aftrer saying previous statements had been taken out of context. He now suggests that if workers want to organize, they do so without the UAW, and that Volkswagen executives would welcome that kind of move.