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Tennessee Leaders Downplay Union Debate At VW Plant

Tennessee Leaders Downplay Union Debate At VW Plant

CREATED Jul 15, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee leaders said Volkwagen's plans to expand production at its Chattanooga factory and add a research and development plant demonstrate the auto company's commitment to the area after a bitter union fight.

State and federal officials involved in talks on Volkswagen's addition of a production line and 2,000 jobs for a mid-size SUV said the often public wrangling over organized labor played no role. The United Auto Workers Union narrowly lost an employee vote at the factory in February.

Governor Bill Haslam said the UAW had no involvement in the deal celebrated Tuesday during an event in downtown Chattanooga. Haslam saidthe basic outline was agreed on five weeks ago.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker said negotiators were focused on making sure the plans moved forward.

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