Mercedes-Benz workers in Alabama make push to join UAW

Written by Ethan Bernard

Employees at the Mercedes-Benz plant near Tuscaloosa, Ala., have kicked off their public campaign to join the United Auto Workers (UAW) union.

“Over 30% of the plant’s workforce have signed union authorization cards,” the UAW said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that this marks a “major milestone” in unionizing with the UAW.

The UAW noted that this comes one month after workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., reached the 30% threshold and went public with their attempt to join the union. Additionally, it “comes just six weeks after non-union autoworkers across the nation started organizing to join the UAW,” the union said.

In December, UAW President Shawn Fain outlined the union’s strategy to unionize non-union auto workers in the US.

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