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TN Gov. Bill Haslam: Chattanooga VW workers happy without union

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The VW logo is seen on the front of the new Passats made at the Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant parked outside the plant. Times Free Press photo The VW logo is seen on the front of the new Passats made at the Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant parked outside the plant. Times Free Press photo

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam weighed in Wednesday on reports that Volkswagen is talking with the United Auto Workers about the Chattanooga plant, saying workers like the current nonunion structure.

"I would hate for anything to happen that would hurt the productivity of the plant or to deter investment in Chattanooga," Haslam said in a statement.

The Republican governor said Tennessee is a right-to-work state and that he has talked to a number of VW employees who are "very comfortable" with the way things are now at the factory.

"Volkswagen continues to be incredibly successful with the current structure," the governor said.

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