Report Says State Linked Incentives For New Chattanooga VW Line To Acceptable Union Outcome

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A report says the Haslam administration linked incentives for a new vehicle line at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant to an acceptable outcome on the attempt by the Union Auto Workers to get into the plant.

The report by Nashville's NewsChannel 5 says the station obtained a synopsis of documents related to $300 million in state incentives.

The article says the documents states, "The incentives … are subject to works council discussions between the State of Tennessee and VW being concluded to the satisfaction of the State of Tennessee."

The offer was later withdrawn.

UAW narrowly failed in its attempt to unionize the plant.

However, it has appealed to the National Labor Relations Board, and a hearing is set in Chattanooga on the issue.


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