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By The Associated Press

The United Auto Workers has won a union vote among skilled-trades workers at Volkswagen's lone U.S. assembly plant in Tennessee.

The workers who specialize in repairing and maintaining machinery and robots at the German automaker's factory in Chattanooga voted 108-44 to have the UAW negotiate collective bargaining agreements on their behalf.

The vote comes nearly 20 months after the union was narrowly defeated in an election involving all hourly employees at the plant.

Volkswagen objected to the new vote for the UAW to represent just the 162 skilled-trades workers, arguing that all 1,400 blue-collar workers should have a say over union questions.