LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. (AP) _ Republican Sen. Bob Corker says Tennessee's discussions about the role of organized labor at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga were clouded by misunderstandings.
But the Republican insisted in a chamber of commerce speech in Lawrenceburg on Wednesday that there was ``no way'' the German automaker would have made last month's $600 million expansion announcement had the United Auto Workers prevailed in a union vote at the plant in February.
Corker, a former Chattanooga mayor, acknowledged that he created some ``hard feelings'' over his strong opposition to the UAW, but he stressed that the company had never given the impression it would accept a unionized work force when it decided to locate the plant in Tennessee.
The UAW hopes to get Volkswagen to recognize the union without a new vote.