UAW And U.S. Senate Candidate Address Volkswagen Issues At Labor Unity Dinner

Thursday, March 06, 2014
Larry Crim
Larry Crim

U.S. Senate candidate Larry Crim and UAW International Rep. Tom Savage spoke on the importance of free elections at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga at the Democratic Candidates and Labor Unity Dinner hosted by Democrats United For Tennessee in Chattanooga.  The meeting was held at the Kingdom Center of Olivet Baptist Church.

Mr. Crim said, “Protecting voter rights for a free and fair election are as fundamental to expressing the will of workers in the workplace as it is to Americans at the polling place.  For a U.S. senator or other public officials to offer incentives or threaten withdrawing public resources based on whether workers vote to recognize the union interferes with their free choice. It seems clear that there was an overreach here and I stand with labor on that." 

UAW International Rep. Tom Savage, who gave the main labor message at the dinner, and Chattanooga Area Labor Council President Gary Watkins who also spoke, denounced U.S. Senator Bob Corker and other Tennessee public officials for interfering in the VW worker's vote.   

The United Auto Workers union has appealed the vote at the VW plant to the National Labor Relations Board where it seeks a new election.  

Mr. Crim of Nashville is seeking the seat held by incumbent Senator Lamar Alexander.  

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