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APNewsBreak: Maintenance workers at VW plant seek union vote

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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Maintenance workers at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant in Tennessee are seeking a new election on union representation by the United Auto Workers.

Under the filing with National Labor Relations Board on Friday, the election on exclusive bargaining rights would only apply to the about 165 "skilled trade" workers at the plant.

Union officials said in a statement to The Associated Press that the renewed collective bargaining push is unrelated to VW's diesel emissions cheating scandal.

The UAW was defeated on a 712-626 vote in a union election at the Chattanooga plant last year following an acrimonious campaign, falling short of efforts to organize workers at its first foreign-owned auto plant in the South.

The UAW has since said its Local 42 in Chattanooga represents a majority of the plant's blue-collar workers.

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