UAW supporter sees victory in vote

photo Workers assemble Volkswagen Passat sedans at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga. Workers at Volkswagen's only U.S. factory will decide in February 2014 whether to be represented by the United Auto Workers union.

Richard Isbell is a car guy who's living his dream working at Volkswagen's auto assembly plant.

"I've always liked to work on cars since I was a kid," the United Auto Workers supporter said in an interview last week. "This was a good way to get training and do what I enjoy doing."

Isbell, 33, has lived in Chattanooga his whole life except for two years when he studied at Penn State University. But he moved back to the city, working at Cargill, Invista and at Silverdale Correctional Facility before joining VW more than three years ago.