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Corker Still Disdained by Autoworkers

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (AP) — Autoworkers’ joy at getting vehicle production back on line at General Motors’ Spring Hill plant has done little to quell their disdain for Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.
Corker was a lead critic of the federal government bailout of automakers in 2009, and pushed for wage and benefit concessions from the United Auto Workers. Many Spring Hill workers felt Corker’s stance did little to keep the plant from being idled that year.
The senator was booed and heckled by the audience when he spoke at a ceremony Monday to announce the plant outside Nashville will begin making vehicles again next year. Corker listened to 20 seconds of jeers after his introduction in the plants manufacturing hall.
“I see the saga continues,” Corker told the crowd. “I think everyone knows that we’ve had our differences in the past. And I can tell today that that’s fine with you, and it’s fine with me.”
Corker then urged workers to take advantage of the opportunity presented by the company’s investment in the plant that is projected to result in 1,900 jobs by the 2015 model year.

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