Haslam: Incentives not tied to Chattanooga UAW vote outcome

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday that proposed state financial incentives for Volkswagen to add a new vehicle line at the Chattanooga plant were never tied to an outcome of the United Auto Workers vote at the factory.

Haslam, speaking Tuesday night in Chattanooga, added that the proposed package wasn't used as leverage against workers leading up to the election.

Last year, Volkswagen was offered about $300 million in financial incentives by Tennessee economic development officials to attract the new line to the Chattanooga plant along with 1,200 production jobs, documents show.

The incentives offer, dubbed Project Trinity, was made last August as the UAW was trying to organize plant employees, which led to a February election that the union lost by a worker vote of 712 to 626.