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Auto workers confront Corker during visit to Columbia


In a trip to Columbia Wednesday to talk about the economy, U.S. Senator Bob Corker was confronted with questions about the auto industry, specifically Spring Hill's GM plant.

Corker, a Republican from Chattanooga, drew the ire of local auto workers for his very public opposition to the recent federal bailout of the Big Three carmakers.

Wednesday, UAW members in the crowd pled for Corker's support, just one day after the struggling automaker announced plans to cut 47,000 jobs and close five plants.

GM has not released locations.  Spring Hill workers hope it's not their plant.

"I am asking you to support this plant, the people of this plant and the company," said Mike Herron, UAW Local 1853.  "At the end of the day, these are real people with real jobs who need to make a living. If you don't support them, they're going to be without a job."

"I am proud of the role I've served in the auto industry and I believe I've helped almost save it," U.S. Senator Bob Corker told the crowd.

The Spring Hill facility is one of the newest in the company.

Nearly $1 billion was spent re-tooling the plant, which can build any GM vehicle, except the hummer.

Corker said he's confident Spring Hill workers will have jobs in the future.

"It's my belief, regardless of what happens in the future, this is one of those successful facilities that will be up for years to come, I really believe that," he said.

Just last week, workers expressed their anger when they presented Corker with a giant Valentine during a Capitol Hill rally organized by the local United Auto Workers union.

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