Brad Harper, Montgomery Advertiser
May 1, 2015
Workers at a Selma auto supplier have signed a petition asking the United Auto Workers union to “leave this business and us, its employees, alone.”
But the petition, as with almost everything else involving the plan and the union, has become a flint that has sparked charges and counter-charges.
The Renosol Seating plant and its parent company, Lear Corp., have been under fire for nearly a year after workers voiced concerns about a chemical used in the car seat production process. Some workers believe the chemical made them sick, and those concerns have been shared by federal regulators and supported by blood tests results.
But federal regulators found air quality at the plant to be within federal guidelines, and the company has maintained that a handful of workers are engaging in baseless scare tactics as part of an effort orchestrated by the UAW. The plant fired one of the workers who spoke out about the claims and is suing her for defamation, spawning a federal whistleblower retaliation investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor.
About 80 percent of the Renosol employees signed the petition, dated April 6. “We do not need this union or any union here,” it states in part.
William B. Cassidy, Senior Editor | Apr 23, 2015
Freight drivers and dockworkers in Buffalo, New York, voted not to join the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the sixth outright defeat for the union in its attempt to organize workers at the second-largest stand-alone U.S. less-than-truckload carrier.
The Teamsters have won National Labor Relations Board elections at three Con-way Freight terminals. The first victory came in Laredo, Texas last September, and was followed by victories in Vernon, California, last September, and Miami Lakes, Florida in December.
In addition to Buffalo, the union has lost representation votes in Santa Fe Springs, San Fernando Valley and Bakersfield, California; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Harlingen, Texas. Election petitions were withdrawn in Irvine, California and Orlando, Florida.