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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A two day unionization vote begins Thursday at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga.

Last year an election pushed by the United Auto Workers Union to gain bargaining rights for the plant’s entire workforce was narrowly defeated. This time around the union is trying to unionize just 165 skilled trades workers, not the entire 1250 blue-collar workforce.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — State officials are asking Tennessee consumers to be wary of fraudulent ticket purchasing during the upcoming holiday season.

With numerous big games, concerts and other events coming up, they say consumers will be looking for discount tickets, and many will turn to ticket brokers and the ticket resale market.

But the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs says there's a risk of being scammed when purchasing tickets from secondary markets, and the agency is offering tips to avoid that.


NEW YORK (AP) — You may soon see changes to your Comcast bill.  The cable company is expanding the use of data caps in select markets in 5 Southern states, including Tennessee.

The cable company is rolling out more data limits as the Internet becomes an increasingly popular way to watch TV. Streaming video eats up more data than surfing the Internet and reading email.

Public-interest groups criticize the caps, saying they hurt innovation and make it more difficult for people to go online.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Volkswagen is objecting to a request from a small group of maintenance workers at its lone U.S. assembly plant to hold a vote on whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. The company is instead calling for a full vote by all maintenance and production employees at the plant.

The German automaker said in a statement Monday that the effort to secure collective bargaining rights for 165 maintenance workers at the Chattanooga factory isn't consistent with Volkswagen's "one team" approach to operating the facility.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study suggests Goodwill Industries is having an outsized impact on Tennessee’s economy.

The Business and Economic Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University has been working on the economic impact study for about a year.

Center Director Murat Arik says Goodwill of Middle and Western Tennessee alone pumps nearly half a billion dollars into the state’s economy.

Arik says the most surprising finding for him was the way Goodwill creates partnerships to provide job skills to otherwise unemployable Tennesseans.