By on March 12, 2015

MBUSI Mercedes-Benz Alabama

The UAW hasn’t had the best luck unionizing the South thus far, but one man hopes to bring Mercedes around.

Ward’s Auto reports UAW Local 112 president and MBUSI quality operations employee George Jones is leading the effort to organize the 2,200 full-time employees and 1,200 temporary workers in Vance, Ala. The local has support from German union IG Metall and the Daimler World Employee Committee, as well as favorable rulings from the National Labor Relations Board, though Mercedes has appealed a ruling that would allow union leaflets to be distributed in non-work areas.

According to Jones:

We’re the only ones on this little island. Tuscaloosa (Vance) is a cash cow. All we’re asking for is fairness. Management has total control. It’s all about power.

The president is focused on giving a voice to the union as far as job classifications, staffing and perks go, adding that temp workers earn half of the $29 full-timers receive, with no guarantees of becoming full-time, and no benefits. He says that Mercedes also doesn’t offer a pension plan in MBUSI, while the 401(k) plan provided “is like going to the casino,” citing what happened during the early days of the Great Recession.

Jones says it will take a while for Local 112 — whose membership numbers he did not disclose — to organize the facility, with no set time to hold a vote or card check. Should the UAW win in Vance, however, it would be the first transplant-owned light-vehicle assembly plant in the South to be organized.

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18 Comments on “UAW Local 112 President Working To Organize MBUSI...”


  • avatar
    Jeff Weimer

    It seems that they are trying to take quick advantage of the new “lighting election” provisions the NLRB recently passed.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “The president is focused on giving a voice to the union as far as job classifications, staffing and perks go, adding that temp workers earn half of the $29 full-timers receive, with no guarantees of becoming full-time, and no benefits. He says that Mercedes also doesn’t offer a pension plan in MBUSI, while the 401(k) plan provided “is like going to the casino,” citing what happened during the early days of the Great Recession.”

    1. If temps had a guarantee of becoming permanent employees with full benefits, they wouldn’t be called ‘temps’. If the company did what they’re asking, the union could then ask why a temp receives the same pay and perks the permanent workers do. You can’t have it both ways.

    2. 401(k) plans: Welcome to the real world, where there are no guarantees, even with pensions. And it’s not like going to a casino; at the casino, the house always wins because most people lose. With a wisely managed 401(k), everybody can win.

    • 0 avatar
      RobertRyan

      Temps or recognition by them by some Unions in Australia,has been a big issue here. 401k , Yes very few Superannuation Schemes are defined benefit, they are all Accumulation.Funds. Unions here can have members on the Boards, of Industry Superannuation funds, but they do not run the Fund. These are all accumulation schemes

    • 0 avatar
      Xeranar

      Sorry, your ‘2’ is called a normative argument. You have no justification for why we use 401(k) except that it has become a standard without any justification for workers (except that it is cheaper for corporations and forces more individuals into a market place where they can’t hope to compete effectively). Whatever you feel about 401(k) there is no way ‘everybody can win’ with ‘wise management’ just due to natural market fluctuations, there will be losers. They would be better served if MB paid less in stock dividends and put it into a worker pension system.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    CJinSD must be taking the day off.

    Union thugs grumble grumble grumble Obama grumble grumble ruining the country grumble grumble grumble socialists grumble grumble Communists grumble grumble right to work grumble grumble grumble fire everyone grumble grumble death to unions grumble grumble teachers grumble grumble grumble Department of Education grumble grumble global warming hoax grumble grumble…

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      Maybe it’s not worth his time and effort to offer a comment on this topic.

      • 0 avatar
        ClutchCarGo

        How much time does it take to cut and paste one of his previous anti-union posts?

        • 0 avatar
          highdesertcat

          He may not keep a copy of everything he wrote for posterity. I do, and others do, but he may not.

          He may only comment when he is sufficiently motivated to do so.

          And he is not alone in his disdain for unions. But for the next two years or so, not much is going to happen politically or in union-advances.

          We’ve got peace and calm before the storm of the Nov 2016 national elections.

          Enjoy it.

          • 0 avatar
            Xeranar

            When Hillary cruises to victory and gets to name Kennedy & Scalia’s replacements along with a Democratic Senate? It’s going to be a fun time to be an Union in this country again…

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            I would have voted for Hilary, pre-O’b*m*, but no more. Too much baggage. Not enough substance.

            Since neither political party has a viable candidate for me in Nov 2016, I may offer a protest vote in Nov 2016 and vote for some Third Party candidate who has no chance of getting elected, like I voted for Gary Johnson in 2012.

            I believe this is what many Independents will do, just like they did in 2012, if they show up to vote at all.

          • 0 avatar
            Xeranar

            I doubt that independents will play that ‘swing vote’ that the mainstream media presents them as. Romney won them by 5% points in 2012 and still lost massively simply because independents aren’t in the important states and as a ‘group’ really are just unassociated Democrats or Republicans as the two parties solidified into left and right respective parties. The interesting thing to see is presidential popularity and to see where that goes.

            Obama has consistently outpolled nearly every modern president and certainly trumped Reagan the Right-wing’s savior/saint. If he puts his support behind Hillary combined with what is the ‘blue wall’ there is little doubt she will win. Of course this can all be rendered moot by Kennedy or Scalia dying in the next two years (which is morbid but highly possible) which would put a 5-4 liberal majority on the supreme court solidifying the court in favor of liberals and essentially putting a crimp in corporate America’s quickness to sue…

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            I don’t know. I would not have voted the last two times had I not had Poling duty. I just could not get behind either of the mainstream candidates.

            I can’t speak for all Independents, but turnout in my district was downright pitiful the last two national elections.

            For me it is immaterial who gets elected because one is as bad as the other. Hence my equal disdain for both political parties.

            So now that the roles have reversed on Capitol Hill, the ‘crats are the party of NO! Funny how that happens, eh?

            Long ago I consoled myself with the fact that America always gets exactly what we deserve, because we vote for it!

            So no matter who is in power in the White House, or who runs the Hill, I’m OK with that as long as they don’t ask me to contribute to it or help pay for it.

            It’s all based on how well I did under a president and administration. I did excellent under Reagan. Even better during Clinton. Pretty good with Shrub in spite of 9/11.

            The worst for me, until now, was Carter. Man, those years were the pits!

            But for me, O’ is even worse, worse than Carter ever was, especially when it comes to our Medicare now — critical to us since my wife is a three-time cancer survivor from three different cancers.

            Medicare now routinely disapproves payment for procedures required for cancer survivors, shuttling it to our deductible instead.

            Like for instance, a pelvic exam OR a pap-smear — an annual requirement for cancer survivors, now only authorized every TWO years instead of once a year.

            We’ll see how well the unions will like the healthcare changes mandated by O’b*m*care coming to their elaborate plans.

            I do recognize however that right now is a great time to buy a new car or truck because of the political stability and do-nothing Congress. Nothing to fear. Nothing untoward coming down the pike. The worst is behind us.

            These are the good old days of car buying. Well, at least for the next two years. But who knows after that?

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    Would a temporary worker be a temporary UAW member? Are they expected to keep paying dues while they’re not working?

  • avatar
    mikedt

    I find the GM stockholders screaming for cash the more interesting story. What do these pinheads think GM is going to do during the next inevitable auto sales downturn. You know, just like the one we see every 4-5 years? Now if they’re handing out bonuses like no tomorrow then as a shareholder you have every right to complain. But if they’re investing in new platforms (which now cost billions) or saving for the next downturn, shut up.

    • 0 avatar
      APaGttH

      Exactly. Stock buy backs primarily benefit large institutional shareholders. Sure, individual investors with 500 shares in a diversified portfolio see their GM stock go up 5% – hooray.

      I would have rather seen GM say, “we’re dropping $5 billion on R&D and a quality improvement program.”

      Stock buy backs are bad, very bad for long term performance of a company, and there is a growing amount of evidence to support that in things like a lack of innovation (in general – not pointed at a single industry) and wage stagnation.

  • avatar
    jkross22

    How does the $29/hr rate compare to what UAW union people make?

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