So say the thinly veiled threats of the Republican party in Tennessee, where workers at the VW plant in Chattanooga are going to vote this week on whether to join the UAW.
In short, Tennessee has given massive tax breaks to VW in order to entice them to open/expand this plant. Now that the workers might join the UAW, they’re threatening to end these tax breaks for no reason other than punishment. Analysts say that without these tax incentives, expanded production will move to Mexico instead.
Personally, I have mixed feelings about the UAW, having watched their boneheaded antics in Detroit as domestic automakers floundered. However, that’s between VW and the UAW, and these threats from Tennessee Republicans amount to little more than extortion in my mind.