Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday he's "very pleased" that a top Volkswagen labor leader apparently is saying union representation at the company's Chattanooga auto assembly plant shouldn't come without a secret ballot vote.

"I've said all along that if they're going to adopt a union there it should be by a vote and not by card check," Haslam said. "I was very pleased to hear them say last week that if they were going to have [a union] it would have to be by a vote."

The United Auto Workers said it has collected signed union cards from more than half the 2,000 production workers as it seeks to unionize the plant. The UAW wants the company to recognize the union without having a full-fledged secret vote of workers.

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