NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has a simple message on labor and economic development for automakers looking to build new plants: We’re not Tennessee.
The Democrat is touting Kentucky’s neutrality on labor matters as "a positive sales point" and a contrast to Tennessee. That’s where GOP officials have pulled out all the stops to keep the United Auto Workers from gaining collective bargaining rights at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga.
Similar unionization efforts are underway at a Mercedes plant near Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Beshear’s public comments are unusual in the cutthroat world of recruiting big-time employers.
Republican Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee said through a spokeswoman that the state’s track record of strong relationships with these companies speaks for itself.
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