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Halsam says he hasn't decided whether to pull incentives from VW if union vote voided

Andy Sher, Chattanooga Times Free Press • Apr 8, 2014 at 12:01 PM

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam said today he doesn't favor Volkswagen recognizing the United Auto Workers based on union authorization cards after plant employees narrowly voted against unionization in February.

But the governor, who along with fellow Republican politicians has fought the UAW's unionization attempts at virtually every turn, said it's premature to say whether his administration wouldn't offer state incentives to Volkswagen if that were to occur, The Nashville Post reported today.

“We’ll have to wait and see how that plays out," The Nashville Post quoted Haslam saying this morning. "Obviously, we believe in the importance of a vote. We think democracy matters, no matter where you are. There was a vote at the plant and the UAW did not win the vote, we think that should mean something."

The anti-union group Center for Worker Freedom said Monday it believes Volkswagen's top managers are considering sidestepping the election in which workers voted by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin against recognizing the union.

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