12:07pm

Thu September 12, 2013
Politics

Turner Asks for Haslam Correspondence With VW

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A Democratic leader in the House says he has asked for correspondence between Gov. Bill Haslam and Volkswagen.

Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner told the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/15UqadY ) that he's "concerned" about Haslam "possibly interfering with (Volkswagen's) internal decisions."

Turner said he wants to see whether Haslam tried to stop unionization efforts at the Chattanooga VW assembly plant by offering additional incentives to the automaker.

Haslam spokesman David Smith said the administration is working on Turner's request, but added, "we don't talk about projects before they're announced."

The plant in Chattanooga is being considered for a sport utility vehicle line.

The UAW says a majority of workers at the plant have signed cards supporting union representation.