United Auto Workers

9:03 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Restraining order against Lear Corp, First Lady at Tuskegee and Tallapoosa County tax vote

First Lady Michelle Obama at Tuskegee University

A federal judge in Alabama recently ruled to leave a temporary restraining order in place against a Hyundai auto supplier after the company was accused of firing an employee during a federal safety investigation.

The ruling is a continuation of an order requested by the U.S. Labor Department after Lear Corp. fired former employee Kimberly King for making public allegations about exposure to hazardous chemicals in the plant.

King and several other employees had developed asthma and other breathing problems after working in the plant.

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10:18 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Auto workers petition to block UAW, 2015 red snapper season and Cycling League state championship

Renosol Seating in Selma, Ala.

Workers at a Selma auto parts manufacturer have signed a petition asking the United Auto Workers union to leave them alone.

Nearly 80 percent of employees at the Lear Corporation-owned Renosol Seating plant signed a petition asking the UAW to stop investigating a nearly year-long dispute.

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10:02 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Lear denies allegations, The Great Invisible and new Little Lagoon Bridge

Kimberly King, former Lear employee, with medications for asthma she contracted on the job.

Selma-based Hyundai supplier Lear Corporation is disputing allegations that it fired a whistleblower in a federal safety investigation.

Lear said on Friday that allegations of employees being exposed to the hazardous chemical TDI are false. The company says the air in the plant has been tested by multiple independent parties.

However, NBC recently reported that a Yale University medical clinic tested blood samples from nearly twenty workers, and five showed exposure to the chemical.

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8:36 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Selma Auto Workers Lawsuit, Strange Wants Lethal Injection Drug, Mobile Bay Earth Day

Lear Corporation headquarters in Southfield, Michigan.

A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order against a company accused of retaliating against whistleblowing workers in Selma.

Workers in a Selma automotive parts plant have complained about conditions in the plant and were involved in a federal investigation.

An order filed by the U.S. Department of Labor Wednesday in U.S. District Court Wednesday blocks the Lear Corporation and Renosol Seating from terminating, suspending, suing, threatening or retaliating against current or former employees.

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Business & Education
6:15 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Union Groups to Announce Mercedes Partnership

Credit Mercedes-Benz

Union officials from Germany and with the United Auto Workers have scheduled a press conference Friday to discuss their efforts to gain labor representation for workers at the Mercedes factory in Alabama.

The event coincides with a visit from Michael Brecht, the top labor representative on the supervisory board of Mercedes parent Daimler AG, and Joerg Hofmann, the vice president of IG Metall, the union representing most auto workers in Germany.

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11:32 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

NLRB Orders Mercedes Plant To Change Rules

A judge has ruled Mercedes-Benz U.S. International violated labor laws while dealing with employees interested in forming a labor union at its plant in Vance.
Credit automotiveaddicts.com

A judge has ruled Mercedes-Benz U.S. International violated labor laws while dealing with employees interested in forming a labor union.

An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board ordered MBUSI to revise rules in its employee handbook governing the solicitation and distribution of materials at its auto manufacturing plant in Vance.

The United Auto Workers accused Mercedes managers of stymieing pro-union employees' efforts to distribute information about the union.

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Politics & Government
8:24 am
Mon February 17, 2014

After UAW Defeat, Can GOP Fulfill Promise of Jobs?

Volkswagen workers assembling Golf 6 cars

Republicans fighting a yearslong unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture in the days leading up to last week's vote. Workers rejected the United Auto Workers in a close vote, so attention turns now to whether the GOP can fulfill its promises that keeping the union out means more jobs will come rolling in. Regardless of what political consequences, if any, Republicans would face if that fails to happen, the Volkswagen vote established a playbook for denying the UAW its goal of expanding into foreign-owned plants in the region.

Business & Education
8:15 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Unions Work to Organize Workers at Ala. Auto Plant

The Mercedes-Benz Plant in Vance, Alabama.

A major union is trying to organize workers at Alabama's Mercedes-Benz plant near Tuscaloosa.

The Tuscaloosa News reports that the United Auto Workers has created a website -- uawvance.com -- targeting workers at the plant in Vance.

Al.com reports that the UAW is trying to organize workers at the 3,000-employee plant in an effort supported by the German union IG Metall.