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Alabama Mercedes-Benz workers reject unionization, dealing a blow to the powerful UAW campaign.

Alabama Mercedes-Benz workers reject unionization, dealing a blow to the powerful UAW campaign.
Alabama Mercedes-Benz workers reject unionization, dealing a blow to the powerful UAW campaign.
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This image was taken on May 15, 2024, outside the Mercedes car plant in Vance, Alabama, where employees are casting their ballots to become members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.

The United Auto Workers union was rejected by autoworkers at an Alabama Mercedes-Benz plant on Friday, possibly putting a stop to the quickly expanding wave of autoworker organizing in the southern United States.

It was a tight outcome. Mercedes-Benz reports that of the workers who cast valid ballots, 44% voted in favor of unionization and 56% voted against it. On Friday, the National Labor Relations Board declared that over 5,000 people were eligible to vote.

The UAW hoped to capitalize on its strong momentum following the Alabama vote, as its choice to launch a simultaneous “stand-up strike” against the Big Three automakers garnered never-before-seen attention and record contracts for workers. Additionally, it triumphed in a union ballot held at a Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen plant last month—its first win in three efforts to unionize the firm.

David Johnston, right, a worker at Mercedes, thanks UAW President Shawn Fain following a press conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on May 17, 2024, after workers at two Alabama Mercedes-Benz factories voted overwhelmingly against joining the United Auto Workers union.

“Our goal throughout this process was to ensure every eligible team member had the opportunity to participate in a fair election,” Mercedes-Benz US International stated in a statement.

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“At MBUSI, our top priority is always to give our team members a secure and encouraging work environment so they can create world-class vehicles.” The statement went on, “We are excited to keep working closely with our team members to make sure MBUSI is not just their preferred employer but also a place they would suggest to friends and family.

Employees were under pressure.

In a joint statement released in April, the governors of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas warned that the union effort might endanger both the jobs of workers and the South’s auto industry. The announcement was made the day before VW employees cast ballots to become members of the UAW.

In actuality, businesses have options over where to locate their investments, create jobs, and provide opportunities. We have devoted many hours to bringing well-paying jobs to our states on behalf of our constituents. According to the statement, these positions are now a fundamental component of the car manufacturing sector.

Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama declared in a statement on Friday that the state is “committed to keeping it that way” and that “automotive manufacturing is one of Alabama’s crown jewel industries.”

“Vance employees have spoken, and their voice is clear! Ivey stated in the statement, “Alabama is not Michigan, and we are not the UAW’s Sweet Home.

The UAW claims that Mercedes retaliated against unionization attempts in different ways.

Since March, Mercedes-Benz has been accused by the UAW six times of unfair labor practices, according to the National Labor Relations Board, which has said that it is investigating the allegations.

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The UAW has accused Mercedes of disciplining workers for talking about unionization at work, forbidding the distribution of union materials, spying on workers, and making workers attend “captive audience meetings,” which are required meetings held during working hours with the intention of discouraging workers from organizing.

Asserting that the company “has not interfered with or retaliated against any team member in their right to pursue union representation,” Mercedes-Benz US International issued a statement refuting these allegations. The statement went on, “We look forward to presenting our case to the NLRB and we do not believe these claims have merit.”

Alabama Mercedes-Benz workers reject unionization, dealing a blow to the powerful UAW campaign.

Alabama Mercedes-Benz workers reject unionization, dealing a blow to the powerful UAW campaign.

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