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Volkswagen appealing ruling allowing UAW vote in Chattanooga

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is appealing a federal ruling that allowed a union vote ultimately won by the United Auto Workers at the German automaker's lone U.S. assembly plant in Chattanooga.

The National Labor Relations Board earlier this month declined to take up Volkswagen's challenge to the vote. The election approved the  unionization of a group of about 160 workers specializing in the repair and maintenance of machinery and robots.

Volkswagen Chattanooga spokesman Scott Wilson says the company is seeking an appeal in federal court because the National Labor Relations Board "declined to fully evaluate" its argument that labor decisions should only be made by the entire hourly workforce of about 1,400 employees.

The UAW won the December election on a 108-44 vote, ending a decades-long losing streak in union elections among foreign automakers in the South.