(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.