The United Auto Workers is accusing foreign automakers Honda, Hyundai and Volkswagen of labor violations at U.S. facilities, where the union is trying to organize amid an effort to expand its membership following the strike against Detroit's Big Three.
The union said in a news release that workers at a Honda plant in Indiana, a Hyundai plant in Alabama and a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee have filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the management of their respective employers for “ illegal violation of unions.” “
“These companies are breaking the law in an attempt to get auto workers to sit down and shut up instead of fighting for their fair share,” UAW President Shawn Fain said in a statement. “But these workers are showing management that they will not be intimidated by their right to speak out and organize for a better life. From Honda to Hyundai to Volkswagen and beyond, we support them. The auto industry's record profits should mean record contracts for these workers too.”
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The UAW said Honda employees seeking to organize the company's Indiana auto plant in Greensburg report “being targeted and surveilled by management for pro-union activities” at the shop, where the labor organization claims hundreds of workers have signed union cards. .
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Honda denied the allegations in a statement, saying, “Honda encourages our associates to get involved and obtain information about this issue. We do not and will not interfere with our associates' right to engage in activities in support of or opposition to the UAW.” .
According to the UAW, management at Hyundai's Alabama plant in Montgomery “illegally confiscated, destroyed and banned pro-union materials in non-work areas during off-duty periods.”
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The union cited one worker who claimed a manager told her to stop handing out union flyers in the facility's parking lot, and another accused a group leader of throwing away union flyers the worker had on a break room table.
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“Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama team members can choose to join a union or not as per their legal right, and this has been true since our plant opened in 2005,” Hyundai said in reaction to the demands. “The union’s characterization of events in its press release does not present an accurate picture and we hope to have a fair opportunity to present the facts through our participation in the legal process.”
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The UAW has made similar accusations against Volkswagen, saying that management at the company's Tennessee plant in Chattanooga destroyed pro-union materials in a break room and that security guards prevented a group from handing out union fliers to colleagues. work as they entered the premises.
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Volkswagen did not immediately respond to FOX Business' request for comment.