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Corker, Aides Plan To Ignore 'Baseless' UAW Subpoenas

Corker, Aides Plan To Ignore 'Baseless' UAW Subpoenas

By Phil Williams. CREATED Apr 16, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - U.S. Senator Bob Corker's office said Wednesday that he will ignore a subpoena from the United Auto Workers to testify at a hearing next week in Chattanooga.

The latest controversy follows the disclosure of confidential documents by NewsChannel 5 Investigates.

The UAW had subpoenaed Corker and two aides to testify at a hearing of the National Labor Relations Board.

The union claims Corker was part of an orchestrated effort to thwart a union election at Volkswagen's plant in Chattanooga -- and they want the NLRB to order new elections.

Corker's chief of staff Todd Womack said in a statement, "Everyone understands that after a clear defeat, the UAW is trying to create a sideshow, so we have filed a motion to revoke these baseless subpoenas." 

He added, "Neither Senator Corker nor his staff will attend the hearing on Monday."

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and key members of his administration have also been subpoenaed, but he told reporters this week that he has no plans to be in Chattanooga for the hearing.

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Phil Williams is chief investigative reporter for NewsChannel 5's nationally award-winning investigative team. His investigations have earned him journalism's highest honors.