The ongoing scrutiny over employees at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant voting on whether to join the United Auto Workers isn't over yet, despite the fact that the organization drive was turned back by workers weeks ago. In the latest development, WTVF-TV in Nashville has received leaked documents alleging that the government of Tennessee offered the German automaker financial incentives partially linked to denying unionization at the plant. The government reportedly later retracted the proposed money.

The alleged document, titled Project Trinity, is dated August 23, 2013, and it offers Volkswagen $300 million in exchange for "creating 1,350 new full-time jobs and bringing a new full-size SUV line to Chattanooga before the end of 2016." Presumably, this would be the production version of the CrossBlue concept. However, it also says: "The incentives described below are subject to works council discussions between the State of Tennessee and VW being concluded to the satisfaction of the State of Tennessee." In January 2014, the state rescinded the incentive deal to the automaker.

The government isn't denying that the deal was proposed. A spokesperson from the Department of Economic and Community Development told NewsChannel 5, "The offer did not preclude the creation of a works council or union representation as a condition of the incentives."

The new documents also may implicate US Senator Bob Corker from Tennessee (pictured above). NewsChannel 5 has emails allegedly from Senator Corker's chief of staff to anti-union groups that were shared with the members of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's administration who were in charge of the VW incentives. Corker was among the most vocal opponents to unionization, and he even claimed that he had received assurances from VW that if workers voted down the UAW, then the plant would receive the new crossover.

The news channel has published all of the leaked documents it on its website. Scroll down to watch the station's report on the paperwork and interview with Corker.
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      FuelToTheFire
      • 8 Months Ago
      I believe in wealth redistribution. Wealth redistribution, as in taking ALL the salary of UAW workers and redistributing it to successful, hardworking, tax paying Americans..
      Jason
      • 8 Months Ago
      Leave fishy Politics to the Republican party that already dislikes the Unions.
        wstr1123
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jason
        For good reason... or do you like what GM is going through now? The UAW owns a company that has built pieces of sh!t for too long... and now (has finally caught up with them) they've killed dozens of people.
          knightrider_6
          • 8 Months Ago
          @wstr1123
          Yeah, GM had lousy CEOs who chose to hide the potentially fatal design flaws. What does that have to do with UAW workers who assembled the cars? You teabaggers should learn some critical thinking skills. It's not that hard.
        wstr1123
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jason
        For good reason... or do you like what GM is going through now?
      churchmotor
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm sure it's worth 10 times that amount to keep the Detroit Mafia out of the state of Tennesse and those Detroit thugs turning Chattanooga into a ghetto waste land.
        wstr1123
        • 8 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Amen! The "pro" votes for the union included hundreds of cards that were filled out by employees who didn't know they were voting "for" a union. They thought they were voting to allow a vote for a union. They were tricked into it by the UAW... and the next time they vote the margin will be even bigger.
      Justin Campanale
      • 8 Months Ago
      If we Americans want to stop lobbying, then we first need to vote out corrupt machine politicians like this guy and Chris Crusty.
        wstr1123
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Oh... you mean like Barack Obama and Harry Reid? I agree!
          Justin Campanale
          • 8 Months Ago
          @wstr1123
          This isn't a Democrat or Republican thing. This is an issue concerning both sides: both sides are being bought out by corporations due to the lack of restrictions this country places on lobbying. It's like the Gilded Age, NĂºmero Dos. Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton would also fall into this camp. We literally have the best government that money can buy.
          brandon
          • 8 Months Ago
          @wstr1123
          Hilarious, the only person here with an ounce of sense and he is downvoted. Justin, welcome to the club. You have nothing but party shills here. They are too stupid to think for themselves. They can only scream talking points and pretend they are enlightened.
      montegod7ss
      • 8 Months Ago
      We don't like unions here in TN, and vote in people who don't like unions. These guys are doing what we elected them to do. Don't like it? Tough.
        rlog100
        • 8 Months Ago
        @montegod7ss
        So if it had been a $300 million dollar bribe for VW to accept the union, you would have been cool with that. Seems like a fundamental abuse of the public coffers issue. Using the coffers to shape the state's political landscape.
        knightrider_6
        • 8 Months Ago
        @montegod7ss
        We love low paying jobs and like to live miserable lives here in TN. That's why we vote for POS like Corker.
        whats up flea
        • 8 Months Ago
        @montegod7ss
        Whats this we stuff. Last time I checked the union almost got enough votes so you better get started on some better anti union bashing because in ayear they will be back in there voting.
        knightrider_6
        • 8 Months Ago
        @montegod7ss
        We love low paying jobs and like to live miserable lives here in TN. That's why we vote for POS like Corker.
      SloopJohnB
      • 8 Months Ago
      Corker needs to be censured by the Senate. Write your Senator(s).
        wstr1123
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Nothing illegal here. Butt out! You don't even live in Tennessee.
        wstr1123
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        You don't even live in Tennessee. So butt out! It is a right-to-work state.
        brandon
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Why does he need to be, but the dude trafficking guns not need to be? Or any numerous senators and house members that are liars, cheats and thieves? How about we do the RIGHT thing and just outright stop voting for them. That doesn't mean vote left, like I am sure you are going to take that. It means stop voting......PERIOD.
        wstr1123
        • 8 Months Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        YOu don't even live in Tennessee. So butt out! It is a right-to-work state.
      knightrider_6
      • 8 Months Ago
      Why do they even have elections in red states like Tennessee? Why not just have auctions? Koch brothers will win most of the bids.
        Jason Krumvieda
        • 8 Months Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Some body has a hate boner for the Koch brothers even though the unions are on the top of the campaign contributors.
      RocketRed
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's rather shameful what the state did, but in the end VW stood its ground on its "neutrality" on the works council and rebutted at a high level Corker's lies about VW''s "assurances." So I'm not sure it made any difference. VW did not sell out its workers. I suppose that is easier when you are the 2nd biggest car maker in the world and 300m is no big deal. Or, it could be that the "incentive" and its condition taught VW that it should just make the SUV in Slovakia or Mexico and not have to deal with these clowns in TN.
        wstr1123
        • 8 Months Ago
        @RocketRed
        That logic doesn't even compute. Then why did VW choose to locate in Tennessee. A sharper mind would recognize that VW is actually playing both sides against the middle. They are in bed with the unions by virtue of their workforce in Germany, et.al., but they located in Tennessee because it is a R.T.W. state... and they knew exactly where/what they were getting. The plant in Chattanooga is a huge success, and they know they can't rock the boat with their union workers in Germany. They are playing the "part', but they will ultimately keep the UAW out of their plant. The memories of Westmoreland, PA are too fresh to them.
      knightrider_6
      • 8 Months Ago
      Leaked emails? That didn't end well for Governor Krispy Kreme.
      wstr1123
      • 8 Months Ago
      Autoblog is censoring the replies to these posts. They are removing any comments that disagree with the union's point of view.
      funguy6713
      • 8 Months Ago
      You wanna see Fascism and 3rd World-like conditions? Just moxie on down to the South of the US...Tennesse, Alabama, Louisiana are the best representation of this where the gov'ts down there actively fight against the well being of it's citizens...the truth hurts...let the down votes begin...hahaha
        funguy6713
        • 8 Months Ago
        @funguy6713
        I forgot to add Mississippi to that list...just go down there folks and you will see for yourself...
        Chris
        • 8 Months Ago
        @funguy6713
        You have no idea what you are talking about. Happy trolling moron!!
        funguy6713
        • 8 Months Ago
        @funguy6713
        I forgot to add Mississippi to that list...just go down there folks and you will see for yourself...
      Fazzster
      • 8 Months Ago
      This makes him a hero.
        TelegramSam
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Fazzster
        I don't think heroes screw middle class people by trying to further weaken them at the bargaining table with their employers.
          TelegramSam
          • 8 Months Ago
          @TelegramSam
          Ouch, what a burn. Too bad there was no point to go with it.
        TelegramSam
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Fazzster
        I don't think heroes screw middle class people by trying to further weaken them at the bargaining table with their employers.
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