Following the defeat of the United Auto Workers to unionize employees at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., Sen. Bob Corker said his opposition to the effort wasn't because he was against unions generally but because he was "anti-UAW."
"I'm not anti-union. I'm anti-UAW, because of all the destruction they've done to jobs in our country, and an understanding of what they were about," the Tennessee Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" on Wednesday.
After a two-year effort to unionize workers at the VW plant, workers last week rejected the UAW's attempt to organize employees at the factory.
Corker said Bob King, the UAW's president, was clear when he said the reason the union was attempting to organize the VW plant had to do with money, because the labor union was "in such decline they had to have the dues coming in from the employees to survive."
"It was about money," Corker said. "We wanted to point that out. Fortunately, the workers understood that."
Workers had seen the "combative nature" of the UAW and the "job stoppages, the strikes, the kinds of things that basically have hurt businesses in America," Corker said. VW employees saw the UAW as "something that was old" with an "old way of doing things," the senator said.
VW workers in Chattanooga already worked in a "world class facility" and earned more than UAW employees at other plants, Corker said. He said employees wanted a "collaborative arrangement with management."
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