Volkswagen expansion talks at standstill in TN
By ERIK SCHELZIG
NASHVILLE, TN (AP) - Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the Tennessee factory.
An acrimonious vote at the Chattanooga plant in February was a narrow defeat for the United Auto Workers union.
Since then, the union has challenged the outcome of the vote with the National Labor Relations Board; a top labor representative on Volkswagen's supervisory board has denounced the actions of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and Gov. Bill Haslam; and the governor has suggested the state has been unable to negotiate incentives with a VW official with final decision-making power.
State incentives for expanding the plant would have to be approved by the state Legislature, which is preparing to adjourn for the year in the next few weeks.
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