MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA)- There are some strong words coming from the head of Germany's biggest automotive labor union and they have to do with states like Alabama that don't require union membership to work in the car manufacturing and similar industries.
The comments came in response to recent reports about Volkswagen's efforts to try to avoid unions as it builds a new plant in Tennessee.
The new union leader, named Detlef Wetzel, even called out an Alabama company.
Alabama's automotive industry is the fifth largest in the country and companies like Toyota, Hyundai, Honda, and Mercedes Benz have all expanded here in recent years.
Those companies have described the business environment as their main reasons for working in Alabama, code for not having to work with the United Auto Workers union, the most influential automotive union in the country.