UAW Establishes New Local Near US Daimler Plant

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Just as in Chattanooga, Tenn., the United Auto Workers has established a local in Tuscaloosa, Ala. for those working on the floor of the Daimler AG-owned MBUSI plant in nearby Vance.

Reuters reports Local 112, like Local 42 with Volkswagen AG, will work to prove to Daimler that its U.S.-based employees support the UAW, with the aim of being recognized by the automaker, followed by the union’s ultimate goal of organization. The local will also have support from German union IG Metall and Daimler’s own works council, the Daimler World Employee Committee.

While VW claims neutrality — yet unofficially welcomes the union’s efforts to organize — Daimler holds firm on its neutral stance, proclaiming “that the culture… established is [the] best path forward for a successful future.”

As for how many workers have joined the new local, UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel says the local has more than half of the members of the Volkswagen local. UAW opponent and MBUSI employee Sonny Hawthorne — who was barred from attending the official press conference, yet invited to speak outside to the press — says the union has the support of 25 percent to 30 percent of the floor.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Oct 06, 2014

    So they get their contracts printed by Publishers Clearing House?

  • Xeranar Xeranar on Oct 06, 2014

    Union Democracy is such a welcome view until it actually gets majority around right-wingers who for no particularly well-thought out reason resent the idea that a majority of workers would want to combine to fight the absolute power of management. Another UAW article, another long-winded debate on the rightful moral place of unionism....

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    • INeon INeon on Oct 06, 2014

      @Xeranar Redundant redundancy is redundantly redundant.

  • Dave M. Dave M. on Oct 06, 2014

    Parasitic yada yada yada, we all know the future journey once they're entrenched. Where's that picture of Malcolm X again?

  • MBella MBella on Oct 06, 2014

    I've been thinking about this for a bit. I wonder if IG Metal wants to make the US based cars less competitive. If the cost gap between a car built in Germany and a car built in the US shrinks, more cars will be built in Germany. I'm sure they would like to have the monopoly on C-Class production again. It seems to be a bit more self serving. I don't think its just union solidarity.

    • Thelaine Thelaine on Oct 07, 2014

      It would be pretty evil if the German union was encouraging the UAW in order to sabotage American auto production.