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UAW ramps up organizing bid at Mercedes in Alabama

Oct 4, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The United Auto Workers union is forming a local aimed at representing the Mercedes plant in Alabama in a move mirroring its efforts at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee.

UAW Pres. Dennis Williams
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

UAW President Dennis Williams was joined by top labor officials at Mercedes parent Daimler AG and the German union IG Metall on Friday to announce the new effort to organize the plant, which is the company's only factory worldwide without labor representation.

The UAW made a similar move at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after narrowly losing a union vote in a contentious February election. The union has said it has reached a "consensus" with VW that it will recognize the UAW there without another vote once they sign up enough workers.

Volkswagen has said there is no formal agreement.