published Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Supplier to VW’s Chattanooga plant turns back UAW

Workers at a Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz supplier in Tuscaloosa have rejected a bid to join the United Auto Workers union, according to The Associated Press.

Employees at Faurecia Interior Systems turned down the UAW proposal by a vote of 86-to-62 on Thursday.

While UAW organizers urged workers to support unionization, a group of employees joined a group called Union-Free Faurecia to oppose the bid. The company makes center consoles, instrument panels and other components for car interiors.

Workers at two other Mercedes suppliers in Cottondale voted to join the union last year. The Mercedes plant itself isn’t unionized.

Aside from the Mercedes plant in Tuscaloosa, Faurecia also produces parts for Nissan and Volkswagen.

The UAW also is trying to organize workers at the Chattanooga Volkswagen assembly plant and the Mercedes plant in Vance, Ala.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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