Democratic State Party Chairman Hits "Heavy-Handed Threats" Against VW

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron on Tuesday took to task Republican officials who have threatened to withhold economic incentives if Volkswagen Chattanooga employees vote for the United Auto Workers to represent them.

"Both management and workers want workers to vote,” said Chairman Roy Herron.  “Heavy-handed threats by Republicans inappropriately interfere in the rights of workers to decide about joining the UAW, and also fail to respect the management of Volkswagen Chattanooga to freely conduct business."

Republican State Senator Bo Watson (R-Chattanooga) on Monday stated that state legislators may not support future economic incentives for Volkswagen if workers in Chattanooga vote to accept UAW representation this week.

"Politicians have no business threatening to cost Tennessee jobs simply because workers and management exercise their lawful rights to organize and allow democracy to work," Chairman Herron said.

Voting on whether to allow the United Auto Workers to represent Volkswagen Chattanooga workers begins Wednesday and will conclude on Friday.


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