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Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) speaks to reporters during the 14th day of the partial government shut down in Washington on October 14, 2013. U.S. senators said they were closing in on a deal on Monday that would reopen the government and push back a possible
Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
As the UAW asks the National Labor Relations Board to determine that Sen. Bob Corker's threats about possible job losses if Tennessee Volkswagen workers unionized constitute reason for a new election, Corker continues to be pleased as punch that the threats worked. At the same time, though, he's reached the "clarifying" stage of playing the heavy and then pretending that's not what he was doing:
In a "Squawk Box" interview Tuesday, Corker sought to clarify those statements, which VW denied at the time—claiming his comments then were designed to combat rumors that the only way to get the expansion was to vote to unionize.

"We wanted to assure people working at there that Chattanooga was in fact the first location, and in fact if they did vote the union out Chattanooga was still going to be place the company expected to expand," he said.

That's not quite how he was putting it two weeks ago. Back then, he wasn't saying "oh, there's this rumor that if you don't unionize, you won't get more jobs, but it's not true, the outcome of the vote is irrelevant" he was saying "if you don't unionize, you will get more jobs." There's kind of a difference!

Along with his after-the-fact clarification, Corker is also looking ahead to the possibility that the NLRB will call for a new union vote at VW. And of course, it's all about politics to him:

"Now this is going to the National Labor Relations Board that the president controls. The question will be: Will they try to mussle or keep a United States senator, a governor, state legislators to express their views?" questioned Corker.
The NLRB is in fact an independent agency; the president nominates its members but does not control its day-to-day functions. But Corker would obviously prefer to paint the board's potential actions as the president trying to intimidate him. Which is funny, since he was so enthusiastic about himself, his state's governor, and some state legislators actively intimidating VW workers.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 11:44 AM PST.

Also republished by Three Star Kossacks and Daily Kos.

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