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Union official: Local coming for Volkswagen plant

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An official with the United Auto Workers union, which suffered a stinging defeat in its attempt to unionize Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee earlier this year, says it is announcing the formation of a new local at the plant.

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel tells The Tennessean newspaper (http://tnne.ws/1qNfSn7 ) that officials are confident the German automaker will recognize the union if it signs up a "substantial" number of workers. If successful, it would become the South's first unionized foreign auto plant.

A spokesman for Gov. Bill Haslam told The Associated Press on Thursday he understands there's no agreement between the UAW and Volkswagen, and that comment would have to come from Volkswagen.

A Volkswagen spokesman declined to comment.

The union last year said it had signed up a majority of workers at the Chattanooga plant, but lost a February vote.

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