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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has certified the United Auto Workers win in a union vote among skilled workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.

The German automaker has said it will challenge a ruling that allowed the 162 workers who repair and maintain machinery and robots at the Chattanooga factory to seek to form their own bargaining unit.

A spokeswoman for the federal panel said parties have 14 days from the election certification to request a review.

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  For the second year in a row a study ranks Tennesseans among the most generous givers in America.

WMOT reporting partner Wallethub.com says that Tennessee actually improved it’s standing, moving from ninth to sixth in a list of the most generous states in the nation.

Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzalez says Tennessean’s ranks favorably when it comes to the number of service hours donated, but really excels when it comes to financial donations. 

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judicial panel has decided to consolidate hundreds of lawsuits against Volkswagen over its emissions cheating scandal in California, a focal point of the carmaker's troubles.

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation gave U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer in San Francisco oversight of more than 450 suits filed against the carmaker nationwide.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bipartisan public policy group seeking to end the U.S. trade embargo with Cuba has formed a special council in Tennessee to help its cause.

Engage Cuba held a round table discussion with business and community leaders from across the state in Nashville on Monday.

The organization announced the formation of a 15-member Tennessee State Council, representing a wide array of sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, business and the arts.

Catherine Glover is president of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a council member.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Skilled trades workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga have given the United Auto Workers Union its first inroads into a foreign auto plant in the American south.

This past week the skilled workers who maintain the plant’s equipment and robots at VW's lone U.S. plant voted to have the UAW negotiate their collective bargaining agreements. The workers approved unionization by a vote of 108-44 over two days of voting that ended Friday.

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