'I'm Not Anti-Union, I'm Anti-UAW': Corker Reacts to Criticism Over VW Plant Vote
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) sat down with Bill Hemmer this morning to give us his take on a controversial story coming out of his home state.
Last week, in a blow to organized labor, workers at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga voted against representation by the United Auto Workers union (UAW). Now, the company's labor chief is saying that he'll try to block further investments in the southern United States if workers don't have union representation.
He also blamed conservative U.S. politicians for the failed UAW vote.
"The conservatives stirred up massive, anti-union sentiments. It's possible that the conclusion will be drawn that this interference amounted to unfair labor praxis," said Bernd Osterloh, head of VW's works council in Berlin.
Corker, a vocal opponent to the UAW's effort to unionize the factory, disputed Osterloh's comments, saying "many community voices" came together to give the Volkswagen employees "the other side of the story."
"The only people that were allowed to be inside the plant, was the UAW," said Corker, arguing that the UAW wanted to unionize the facility with no vote at all.
He described himself as "anti-UAW" but not necessarily "anti-union."
"We know about their track record. We know what's happened in communities where they've been located. We know that they have been a job-destroying entity through the years," he said.
Watch the full interview above, as Corker also defended his previous statement that additional VW models could be manufactured at the plant if the union vote failed.