Having endured “barrage of anti-union videos,” Alabama autoworkers begin vote today at Mercedes-Benz plant

A historic union election is underway in the Deep South.

NPR reports:

“In Alabama, a high-stakes election gets underway Monday.

More than 5,000 workers at Mercedes-Benz near Tuscaloosa, Ala., are voting on whether to join the United Auto Workers union.

For months, there’s been fierce campaigning all around.

Pro-union workers at Mercedes are hoping for a repeat of last month’s union election at Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tenn., where workers voted nearly 3-to-1 in favor of unionizing.

But unlike at Volkswagen, Mercedes workers say they have been barraged at work with anti-union videos highlighting the failures of unions elsewhere and forced to join closed-door meetings with lawyers.

‘The entire message in those meetings is Vote no, vote no, vote no. We don’t think you need to do this. This is not what you want,‘ says David Johnston, who works at the Mercedes battery plant.

In a statement provided to NPR, Mercedes said it ‘fully respects our team members’ choice whether to unionize,’ while adding, ‘We believe open and direct communication with our team members is the best path forward to ensure continued success.'”

For the rest of the story, visit NPR here.

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