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Loss at Volkswagen plant upends union's plan for U.S. South

Gary Casteel, United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 8 Director, makes remarks at a news conference after the announcement that the union lost its bid to represent the1,550 blue-collar workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

Gary Casteel, United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 8 Director, makes remarks at a news conference after the announcement that the union lost its bid to represent the1,550 blue-collar workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee February 14,...more

Gary Casteel, United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 8 Director, makes remarks at a news conference after the announcement that the union lost its bid to represent the1,550 blue-collar workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry
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Frank Fischer (L), Volkswagen Chattanooga CEO and Chair, and Gary Casteel (R), United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 8 Director, listen as Retired Circuit Court Judge Sam Payne announces that the union lost its bid to represent the 1,550 blue-collar workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

Frank Fischer (L), Volkswagen Chattanooga CEO and Chair, and Gary Casteel (R), United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 8 Director, listen as Retired Circuit Court Judge Sam Payne announces that the union lost its bid to represent the 1,550 blue-collar...more

Frank Fischer (L), Volkswagen Chattanooga CEO and Chair, and Gary Casteel (R), United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 8 Director, listen as Retired Circuit Court Judge Sam Payne announces that the union lost its bid to represent the 1,550 blue-collar workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry
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A general view of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga,Tennessee February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

A general view of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga,Tennessee February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

A general view of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga,Tennessee February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry
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A general view of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga,Tennessee February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

A general view of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga,Tennessee February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry

A general view of the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga,Tennessee February 14, 2014. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry
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Volkswagen employees inspect a VW 2012 Passat in the assembly finish department in Chattanooga Tennessee in this December 1, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Billy Weeks/Files

Volkswagen employees inspect a VW 2012 Passat in the assembly finish department in Chattanooga Tennessee in this December 1, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Billy Weeks/Files

Volkswagen employees inspect a VW 2012 Passat in the assembly finish department in Chattanooga Tennessee in this December 1, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Billy Weeks/Files
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