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Sen. Tomassoni: Volkswagen - and unionized workers - welcome in Minnesota

Posted by: Rachel E. Stassen-Berger under Minnesota campaigns, Minnesota state senators Updated: February 12, 2014 - 5:51 PM

Sen. David Tomassoni sees Minnesota opportunity in Tennessee.

“We’d be more than happy to have Volkswagen in Minnesota," Tomassoni, a DFLer who represents union-rich Chisholm, said in a statement.

More than 1,000 Tennessee workers at a Volkswagen plant began a three-day union vote on Wednesday. The company is encouraging of the unionization drive. But prospect has lead leaders in the "right to work" state to crying foul.

"The Governor, the Department of Economic and Community Development, as well as, the members of this delegation, will have a difficult time convincing our colleagues to support any Volkswagen incentive package," if the plant unionizes, Tennessee state Sen. Bo Watson said, according to the Chattanoogan. 

Tomassoni, the chair of the Minnesota Senate's Environment, Economic Development and Agriculture Division says Volkswagen and its workers would find a business and union friendly environment if they came to the frozen north.

"This past session we added millions of dollars in business incentives, passed an upfront sales tax exemption on capital equipment purchases and cut unemployment taxes by more than $346 million, none of which would be leveraged against a company because of its business model," he said. "Not only has our state created business-friendly conditions, we welcome unionized work forces.”

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