Haslam: VW tax credits not contingent on no union

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he has not made tax incentives for Volkswagen contingent on the German automaker rejecting the United Auto Workers union at its Chattanooga assembly plant.

A top Democrat in the state House last week alleged that Haslam was trying to use economic incentives to sway VW against working with the UAW, which said last week that a majority of workers at the plant have signed cards in support of being represented by the union in a German-style works council.

The governor told reporters on Wednesday that that was not the case, though he repeated his concerns that a UAW victory at the plant would hurt the state's ability to lure other manufacturing businesses to Tennessee.

Volkswagen earlier this month confirmed talks with the UAW.

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