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GOP Dreads Prospect Of New UAW Foothold In South

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In this March 22, 2012, file photo, workers assemble a Passat sedan at Volkswagen AG's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File) In this March 22, 2012, file photo, workers assemble a Passat sedan at Volkswagen AG's plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The prospect of the United Auto Workers gaining a foothold at Volkswagen's plant in Tennessee has worried some Southern Republicans, who said laws banning mandatory union membership have helped lure foreign automakers.

Volkswagen faced labor pressure on its supervisory board to grant workers a stronger voice at the plant. And Handelsblatt, a German business newspaper, reported that UAW leaders discussed the Tennessee plant with the company's employee relations chief last week at VW's headquarters in Wolfsburg.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said his state's prospects could suffer if the UAW succeeds in representing workers at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant.

Volkswagen spokesman Tony Cervone won't comment on reports that the company has been meeting with the UAW, but said VW has long wanted to give Chattanooga workers a voice in how the plant operates.

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