After losing a unionization vote and agreeing not to attempt any organizing efforts for another year, the United Auto Workers (UAW) has nonetheless opened an office near the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., that rejected its organizing effort just months ago.

Volkswagen Chattanooga released a statement saying the establishment of a union local "is a matter for the trade union concerned. There is no contract or other formal agreement with UAW on this matter."

Volkswagen has expressed interest in establishing a workers' council to help in management decisions, but according to U.S. law, that can only happen if the company is unionized. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker has indicated he would like to change that law, but the odds are long against doing so.