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UAW says recognition near at Tennessee VW plant

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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The United Auto Workers union is hailing a new Volkswagen policy as a vehicle to soon gain representation of workers at its first foreign auto plant in the South.

In a letter to members of Local 42 in Chattanooga obtained by The Associated Press Monday, union leaders cite "mutually agreed-upon commitments" outlined in a document signed by the German automaker and the union last spring.

Those included that the union would drop a National Labor Relations Board challenge of a February union vote at the plant and that the UAW would cooperate with the company in efforts to win the production of a new SUV in Chattanooga.

In return, according to the letter, "Volkswagen committed in the document that it would recognize the UAW."

Not so fast, says a group of workers who orchestrated the defeat of the UAW in a union vote at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant earlier this year.

The details of the new policy have yet to be released, but both the UAW and the rival American Council of Employees expect it to outline the company's plans to interact with community and labor groups at the plant.

The UAW touts strong links to powerful labor interests on the Volkswagen board in Germany. But Sean Moss, the interim president of the independent worker group, says the UAW is exaggerating the strength of its position.

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