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Alabama auto seat workers vote to join UAW

Workers cited issues such as wage caps and growing use of temporary workers in their vote to join the union.


September 24, 2015
by The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Workers at an automotive components manufacturing plant in northeast Alabama cited issues such as wage caps and growing use of temporary workers in their vote to join a labour union.

Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. plant employees in Piedmont voted Sept. 23 to join the United Auto Workers (UAW). The plant roughly 85 miles northeast of Birmingham produces seats for large commercial trucks.

Workers said in a release that they voted 89-45 to join UAW because of high health care costs in addition to pay issues and wider use of temps who don’t qualify for benefits.

The company’s Chief Human Resources Officer Laura Macias said in an emailed statement that officials don’t believe union representation is in the best interest of employees, but officials respect workers’ rights to vote on the issue.

© 2015 The Associated Press

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