Tensions are rising, as Volkswagen employees prepare to vote.
A three day election will allow workers to decide if they want union representation. Lawmakers on both sides have been very vocal as the vote approaches. House Majority leader, Gerald McCormick, says he wishes "the UAW would've been willing to have an open and fair debate in the workplace."
Representative Sherry Jones from Nashville believes, "workers deserve the right to unionize if they want to do."
If Volkswagen workers choose to be represented by UAW, Tennessee Senator Bo Watson believes it'll create problems for incentives. "I believe any additional incentives from the citizens of the State of Tennessee for expansion or otherwise will have a very tough time passing the Tennessee Senate."
But, one house representative says that lawmakers are simply trying to scare voters. Representative JoAnne Favors, says "intimidation and coercion to say that an incentives package would be diminished."
Watson argues that he's just doing his job." The legislative role in this is to inform our citizens of the potential consequences."
While some lawmakers seek to inform, others say the tension among politicians on this issue is record-breaking. "In the 20 years that I've have this position, I've never seen a member of the general assembly go against a company," adds Jones.
by Mikaya Thurmond