Tennessee offered Volkswagen incentives for plant

Report says offer contingent on labour talks ending to state's 'satisfaction'.

NASHVILLE — Documents obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville show that Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration made an incentive offer to Volkswagen contingent on labour talks at the plant “being concluded to the satisfaction of the State of Tennessee.”

Haslam has been a vocal critic of the United Auto Workers’ efforts to represent workers at Volkswagen’s lone US manufacturing plant. But the governor has long denied suggestions that the incentives were tied to the union being rejected at the Chattanooga factory.

Volkswagen wants to create a German-style works council at the plant representing both salaried and blue-collar workers. But to do so, it must work with an independent union.

Workers at the plant in February narrowly voted to reject UAW representation, but the union is challenging that outcome on allegations of outside interference by Republican politicians.

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