Politicians Oppose VW Union

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Updated: 2/10 7:16 pm
        A secret ballot is drawing near for the 15-hundred Chattanooga Volkswagen employees.
        They will decide if they're in favor of the United Auto Workers Union representing them.
        Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson) and House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga) wanted to send a message to the workers.
        "It is my hope that after considering all the information the workers of VW would vote no to the United Auto Workers but the decision is theirs," Watson said.
        The Lawmakers stated they believe the UAW has had an unfair advantage influencing the employees decision.
        " I wish the UAW had been willing to have an open and fair debate within the workplace, the fact that the UAW refused to allow all points of view to be heard and discussed demonstrates how they are willing to have an open honest representation to all employees," said McCormick.
        They want to set the record straight on what they say the union could mean for Chattanooga.
        "My concern is that businesses that are currently looking at Tennessee particularly Southeast Tennessee may choose to look either elsewhere in Tennessee or actually look at other states," said Watson.
        Protestors made a satirical appearance.
They sarcastically applauded the senators presentation, posing as the wealthy "one percent".
        "We want to come out and publicly show our support for politicians that support policies that favor us, the one percent and we appreciate our politicians keeping labor cheap in Tennessee," said Goldie Bucks.
        Senator Watson and McCormick say they understand the right of workers to chose, but hope they'll consider their points.
        "We want everyone  to be sure that they understand that the decision they are making has intended and unintended consequences," Watson said.
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