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United Autoworkers organize Faurecia in Kentucky

4 November, 2013A clear majority of workers recognized the United Autoworkers (UAW) as their union representing workers’ interests at the automotive supplier Faurecia Interior Systems Inc. in Kentucky, United States.

The election took place on 25 October 2013. According to the union the agreement gives a union voice to 172 workers at the plant.

The Faurecia Kentucky facility opened in 2011 and produces automotive interiors for vehicles manufactured at Ford Motor Co.’s Louisville Assembly Plant and the General Motors Co. Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City.

The successful drive in Kentucky came after the union organized workers at another Faurecia plant in Cottondale, Alabama. There in July 2012, workers who make seating for Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport utility vehicles, successfully organized and voted more than 2-to-1 to join the union.

With the workers affiliated to UAW at the Faurecia facilities in Louisville and Cottondale as well as Johnson Controls outside Tuscaloosa, Alabama UAW keeps on building its stronger presence at Southern auto plants.

Gary Casteel, UAW Region 8 Director, greeted the new members saying, “We are pleased to welcome these new members into the UAW family,” said. “Workers everywhere, but especially in Southern auto plants, are showing a strong interest in democracy in the workplace and they know the decision to join a union is the right step. These are men and women who work hard and realize that joining a union not only gives them job security, but also helps support their families and communities. Faurecia also deserves recognition for agreeing to use the majority recognition process, forgoing the approach of anti-union employers who force their employees into a divisive, disruptive and outdated election process.”