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UAW Local in Alabama Claims Victory

Mercedes found to be in violation of U.S. labor law.

by on Dec.03, 2014

The UAW scored a small victory courtesy of a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board.

The United Auto Workers has won a small victory in its ongoing efforts to organize workers at Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, courtesy of a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The decision upheld an earlier ruling that Mercedes violated federal labor laws by preventing UAW supporters from distributing literature inside its Alabama plant.

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It also mandates that Mercedes update its employee handbook to say that workers are allowed to discuss union issues during non-work times and that they can solicit their colleagues in mixed-use areas like team centers and atriums. (more…)

UAW Secures Mercedes Local Unit

Second union local reveals new organizing plan.

by on Oct.06, 2014

Dennis Williams, UAW president, said the union is still plans to organize entire plants in the South. Photo credit: UAW.

After a major setback in its attempt to organize a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee earlier this year, the United Auto Workers captured its second small victory by chartering a new local at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Alabama.

The new local, Local 112, is essentially a group of plant employees who want representation. It will represent any interested employees who join the local as members. No employees will be required to join, according to Gary Casteel, UAW’s secretary-treasurer.

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The plant in Tuscaloosa County is the only Daimler plant in the world that does not currently offer employee representation, noted Michael Brecht, vice chairman of the Daimler Supervisory board. The plant currently manufactures C-Class sedans. (more…)

Ford Worker Files Charges against UAW

Claims union collects for non-core activities despite opting out.

by on Aug.21, 2014

A Ford hourly employee filed charges against the UAW with the National Labor Relations Board.

The UAW may be getting an early look at possible changes in the dues it collects from its members as a Ford hourly worker filed charges against the union with the National Labor Relations Board over how much it collects from him.

Todd Lemire, a tool-and-die maker in Dearborn, wants the UAW to collect enough to cover only expenses related to the organization’s core activities, such as collective bargaining, grievances, etc. He doesn’t want to pay for the union’s participation in political activities, specifically its support of the Democratic Party.

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He opted out of paying dues for those activities through his Beck rights, a 1988 Supreme Court decision allowing union members to exempt themselves from paying for those activities. Lemire opted out in early April. (more…)

Corker Warns Against Silencing Politicians

NLRB investigating UAW claims about inappropriate influence.

by on Feb.27, 2014

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said the NLRB could set a bad precedent if it finds in favor the UAW's objection to the election results at Volkwagen's Chattanooga, Tenn. plant.

While some feel that U.S. Sen. Bob Corker was less than truthful when he said that Volkswagen would build a new SUV at its plant in Tennessee if workers voted against UAW representation there, he may never have been more honest today.

“I probably am ‘Public Enemy No. 1′ to the UAW,” Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor this morning. “There’s no doubt there is some pent up anger towards me.”

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VW workers at the plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., that builds the Passat voted 712 to 626 to reject the UAW representation in creating a German-style works council. (more…)