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Workers at VW's factory in Chattanooga, Tenn., may soon be represented by the United Auto Workers. Photo credit: Volkswagen.

Volkswagen (NASDAQOTH:VLKAY) was the first overseas automaker to have a significant manufacturing presence in the United States. Many others have followed, but they all have something in common: All have resisted efforts by the United Auto Workers to organize their workforces.

The UAW has a big voice in Detroit, but so far its efforts to expand beyond the U.S. automakers have mostly ended in frustration. That may finally be about to change: As Fool contributor John Rosevear explains in this video, workers at a big VW factory in Tennessee might be close to joining the UAW -- and VW's management might be OK with that.

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