UAW: Union local coming to Tenn. Volkswagen plant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An official with the United Auto Workers union, which suffered a stinging defeat in its attempt to unionize Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee earlier this year, says it is announcing the formation of a new local at the plant.

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel tells The Tennessean newspaper ( ) that the union is confident the German automaker will recognize the union if it signs up a "substantial" number of workers. If successful, it would become the first unionized foreign auto plant in the South.

A Volkswagen spokesman declined to comment to The Associated Press on Thursday.

The union last year said it had signed up a majority of plant workers, but ultimately lost a contentious February vote 712-626. Republican politicians had warned that a union win could imperil economic incentives for the plant's expansion.