Gov. Haslam, Senator Corker Subpoenaed By Attorneys For United Auto Workers Union

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(WREG-TV) Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and U.S. Senator Bob Corker have been subpoenaed by attorneys for the United Auto Workers Union.

They are among 20 people who will testify at an upcoming hearing over the union's efforts to organize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

Documents leaked to a Nashville TV station show Haslam wanted a say in the Volkswagen deal with the union, and if workers voted against unionizing, promised Volkswagen $300 million in incentives to build a second auto plant that would bring 1,300 jobs.

Haslam has denied any involvement, but WTVF has discovered emails revealing Corker's office was in contact with anti-union activists, and then shared that information with members of the governor's staff.

Statement from Todd Womack, Senator Corker’s Chief of Staff:

After a stinging defeat, rather than respect the workers’ decision the UAW is trying to create a sideshow and we’ve referred this matter to legal counsel.  We hope other people who might be inclined to consider the UAW will take this development as a cautionary tale.


  • Bill

    I’m totaly suprised that these two Deomcratic leaders wouldn’t support a Union. This must be some kind of ploy by Halsam and Corker to get more money for themselves..

  • sarah mcpherson

    To bad Corker. I visited Chattanooga and was amazed at the cleanliness and structure of the city and how it ran. you could have won on that alone. But, during the time when you ran for senator, I wasn’t a happy camper.

  • Hard Truths

    Haslam’s and Corker’s intervention in the union election at VW was a blatant violation of the public trust, and of their role as public servants.

    Republicans — if they had their way — there would be no weekends, no 8 hour day, no indoor plumbing, and child labor.

    They opposed Social Security in the Thirties, Medicare in the Sixties, women’s right to equal pay today.

    Republicans are oligarchs and nothing better. CORRUPT oligarchs I should say.

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