Tenn. Gov. Bill Haslam Tries to Quash UAW Subpoenas

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 02:09 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials are petitioning the National Labor Relations Board to quash subpoenas issued by the United Auto Workers union, The Tennessean reports.

The UAW hopes to grill the governor, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, and others next week in its challenge of the results of an election on whether to unionize a Volkswagen plant, claiming the politicians interfered.

In February, auto workers voted 712-626 to reject joining the UAW.

The petition, filed Thursday by State Attorney General Bob Cooper, asks that the subpoenas be voided.

"The union's subpoenas … serve only to harass the petitioners and their various office staff; compliance would most certainly disrupt state operations," the petition reads.

"The scope and breadth of the subpoenas … are far beyond what is necessary or appropriate."

Corker has said he will skip the hearing.

"The union's subpoenas … serve only to harass the petitioners and their various office staff; compliance would most certainly disrupt state operations," the petition reads.

"The scope and breadth of the subpoenas … are far beyond what is necessary or appropriate."

Todd Womack, Corker's chief of staff, told The Tennessean: "Everyone understands that after a clear defeat, the UAW is trying to create a sideshow."

In February, Corker defended wading into a labor union organizing campaign, saying it would have been irresponsible to remain silent about possible production plans at the automaker's facility related to the union vote.

He said he had had "conversations" that led him to believe that if VW employees voted against representation by the UWA at the plant, "Volkswagen will announce in the coming weeks that it will manufacture its new midsize SUV here in Chattanooga."

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