NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has broken a self-imposed news blackout to urge workers at the Volkswagen plant in his hometown of Chattanooga to reject the United Auto Workers this week.
After saying last week he wouldn't comment during the election, Corker said Tuesday that a union win at the German automaker's lone U.S. plant would be a blow to the pro-business culture the city has built and hurt efforts to lure other companies.
About 1,500 workers are eligible to decide whether the Volkswagen plant becomes the South's first foreign automaker to unionize.
But it wouldn't be the UAW's first foray into the state. Workers at the General Motors plant in the Nashville suburb of Spring Hill, about 100 miles west of Chattanooga, have been represented by the UAW since opening in 1990.