ST. PAUL, MINN. – Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Volkswagen workers are taking a vote today through Friday to join the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. The vote has created a backlash by anti-union forces and Tennessee Republican legislators who are threatening to withhold future business incentives from the company. State Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm), Chair of the Senate Economic Development Committee, invites Volkswagen to consider Minnesota as a place for expansion in the future.
“We’d be more than happy to have Volkswagen in Minnesota. Just this fall Minnesota was ranked the 8th best state for business by Forbes Magazine. This past session we added millions of dollars in business incentives, passed an upfront sales tax exemption on capital equipment purchases and cut unemployment taxes by more than $346 million, none of which would be leveraged against a company because of its business model. Not only has our state created business-friendly conditions, we welcome unionized work forces.”