The United Auto Workers were looking at employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga as a "dollar bill" to further their union agenda, Sen. Bob Corker told CNBC on Tuesday, following accusations by the UAW that "extraordinary interference" by politicians played a part in its failing bid to organize that factory.
The union's response was not a surprise because a "hit dog hollers," the Tennessee Republican said—adding he's thrilled with the outcome.
Just days before the mid-February vote, Corker said he'd been "assured" that if workers rejected the UAW organizing drive, VW would reward them by sending new work to the plant.
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.
Bring VW to Chattanooga was Corker's baby. "As a United States senator, much of the discussions around Volkswagen coming to Chattanooga took place around my dining room table."