published Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Judge weighs arguments in Mercedes union dispute in AL

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — An administrative law judge is considering a complaint by a Mercedes worker who says he wasn't able to pass out pro-union literature and union authorization cards near the Mercedes-Benz U.S. International auto assembly line.

The Tuscaloosa News report that a three-day National Labor Relations Board hearing ended Wednesday.

During the hearing, two NLRB attorneys and an attorney from the United Auto Workers tried to convince the judge that Mercedes violated federal law by restricting efforts to form a union.

Three attorneys for Mercedes, meanwhile, attempted to show that the company tried to accommodate workers — both those favoring the union and those opposed — by allowing them to pass out information in nonproduction areas in the plant and outside on company property.

It might be months before the judge issues his opinion.

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