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No sign of expansion at Tennessee VW plant where union vote lost

U.S. senator promised automaker would announce another line at Tennessee plant if union vote rejected

NASHVILLE—There is little sign of any pending announcement Volkswagen would add another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers rejected union representation.

The two-week period within which United States Sen. Bob Corker promised the automaker would announce another line at Chattanooga, Tenn., plant if workers rejected representation by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union ends Feb. 28.

Workers at the Chattanooga plant ended up voting 712-626 against the UAW, in an election the union claims was tainted by threats and intimidation from Republicans like Corker, Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers.

The UAW last week filed a challenge with the National Labor Relations Board, seeking to have results voided and a new election to be held.

Corker blames that appeal—and the delay in certifying the results of the union vote—for putting a hold on expansion talks at the plant.

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