CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) The local NAACP wants governor Bill Haslam investigated after leaked documents showed the governor may have used $300 million in tax-payer money to influence labor dispute.
By 10:30 Friday morning, the Chattanooga NAACP was packed with members and news media awaiting a press conference. NAACP Southeast regional director Kevin Myles stood in front of his members to deliver a short statement.
"We refuse to stand-by idly while Chattanooga workers are denied the ability to decide whether or not to organize without coercion, intimidation or undue pressure from national or state political figures," Myles said.
He was referring to the latest controversy surrounding the defeat of unionization at Volkswagen.
In recent days, documents from Governor Haslam were leaked to the public. Those document showed a breakdown of $300 million in cash and tax credits offered to Volkswagen should its Chattanooga plant stay union free. The NAACP says certain politicians guaranteed a defeated vote.
"From the governors office. From the junior senators office and then that opened the flood gates for a lot of state representatives to also weigh in," Myles said.
The NAACP says that flood gate created a domino effect that invited conservative political activist like David and Charles Koch into the picture. The billionaire brothers have often funded conservative agendas.
"They have the money. They have the resources to make sure that happens and they actually have a lot of politicians under their control as we have seen here recently so they're in a good position to control labor movement throughout the Unites States," said NAACP branch executive Joe Rowe.
While Union supporters are calling for an investigation, Many Republican law makers are reportedly rejecting the idea.
In the meantime, the Governor has offered no apologies.
WDEF contacted Senator Bob Corker's office to get a response to the NAACP comments but no one was available.