TN Offered Money To VW For SUV Line: Mike Pare and Andy Sher of the Times Free Press report that last August, Tennessee economic development officials offered Volkswagen a $300 million financial package to bring a new line of SUVs to VW’s Chattanooga, TN plant. Dubbed Project Trinity, the incentive plan’s goal was to secure the SUV line for the plant, which likely would have created about 1,350 jobs.
Discussions concerning the plan have been tabled since the February union election at the plant. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, a vocal critic of the United Auto Workers (UAW), stated last night that the financial package was never tied to the outcome of February’s election, which the UAW lost by about 80 votes. We will keep you posted as this story develops.
U of Michigan Educating Players On Unionizing: Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com reports that the University of Michigan has begun educating its football players about unionization. Head Football Coach Brady Hoke, in a short statement, explained that the staff and the players were trying to educate themselves on the laws and processes surrounding an organizing campaign. Hoke further noted that the coaches had spoken to the players about the issues at Northwestern prior to spring practices.
Ohio State Head Coach Says Players Are Not Employees: Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch writes that, when asked about the National Labor Relations Board regional director’s holding that college football players can unionize, Ohio State Head Football Coach Urban Meyer scoffed, stating that he does not feel that players can be employees. Meyer, however, did state that he was "pro-student" and that he was in favor of granting stipends to players to cover incidental costs.