The ongoing scrutiny above workers at Volkswagen’;s Chattanooga plant voting on whether or not to join the United Auto Employees is not above however, in spite of the truth that the organization drive was turned back by workers weeks ago. In the latest improvement, WTVF-Tv in Nashville has acquired leaked paperwork alleging that the government of Tennessee offered the German automaker fiscal incentives partially linked to denying unionization at the plant. The government reportedly later retracted the proposed money.
The alleged document, titled Undertaking Trinity, is dated August 23, 2013, and it provides Volkswagen $ 300 million in exchange for “creating one,350 new total-time jobs and bringing a new full-dimension SUV line to Chattanooga just before the end of 2016.” Presumably, this would be the production version of the CrossBlue notion. However, it also says: “The incentives described beneath are subject to operates council discussions in between the State of Tennessee and VW currently being concluded to the satisfaction of the State of Tennessee.” In January 2014, the state rescinded the incentive deal to the automaker.
The government is not denying that the deal was proposed. A spokesperson from the Division of Economic and Local community Growth told NewsChannel 5, “The provide did not preclude the creation of a operates council or union representation as a condition of the incentives.”
The new paperwork also could implicate US Senator Bob Corker from Tennessee (pictured above). NewsChannel 5 has emails allegedly from Senator Corker’;s chief of employees to anti-union groups that were shared with the members of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’;s administration who have been in charge of the VW incentives. Corker was amongst the most vocal opponents to unionization, and he even claimed that he had obtained assurances from VW that if employees voted down the UAW, then the plant would acquire the new crossover.
The information channel has published all of the leaked documents it on its web site. Scroll down to observe the station’;s report on the paperwork and interview with Corker.