Kentucky governor: On union matters, we’re no Tennessee

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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.

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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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