No sign of expansion at plant where UAW dealt loss

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Associated Press

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 10:00 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Friday marks the end of the two-week period within which U.S. Sen. Bob Corker promised Volkswagen would announce another line at its factory in Tennessee if workers rejected representation by the United Auto Workers union.

So far there's little sign of any pending announcement.

Workers at the Chattanooga plant ended up voting 712-626 against the UAW, in an election the union claims was tainted by threats and intimidation from Republicans like Corker, Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers.

The UAW last week filed a challenge with the National Labor Relations Board, seeking to have results voided and a new election to be held.

Corker blames that appeal — and the delay in certifying the results of the union vote — for putting a hold on expansion talks at the plant.

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