published Friday, February 14th, 2014

Mayor, Chamber urge moving on to VW expansion after UAW vote

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    Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke speaks to the media from the U.S. Attorneys Office in Chattanooga in this Nov. 4, 2013, file photo.
    Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Are you happy with the outcome of the VW union vote?

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and leaders of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce said tonight they are eager to move after the UAW vote to pursuing an expansion of the Volkswagen plant.

This has always been a decision for VW and their employees," Berke said after Volkswagen employees voted against representation by the UAW. "Now that their decision is made, let's focus on what matters most to our community - bringing more living wage, middle class jobs to Chattanooga."

Ron Harr, president of the Chattanooga Chamber which opposed the UAW during the organizing campaign, said Chamber economic recruiters will work to encourage VW to add a sports utility vehicle line to the Chattanooga assembly plant.

“The employees have spoken, and we welcome resolution on this issue both for them and the community as a whole,” Harr said. “No matter where you stood going into this election, we encourage everyone to come together around the goal we all share—the creation of more jobs in our community."

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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