Biden Facing Major Issue With United Auto Workers

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( – The workers at the largest Mercedes-Benz plant in the United States have announced that as a majority they were willing to sign union cards and support the United Auto Workers (UAW).

The announcement is another important milestone for the union as it is seeking to bring into its organization the auto plants in the Southeast which traditionally followed a right-to-work policy.

Jeremy Kimbrell, a plant worker, argued that there is a time when “enough is enough” and that they had now reached that time. The workers pointed out that they had a series of grievances, many of which echoed the ones from other factories where the union had gained a foothold.

In a statement, they pointed out that despite the company making record profits their pay had stagnated and that management had been using temporary workers instead of full-time workers.

The plant workers pointed out that these temporary workers then had to work for as much as eight years before they could get full-time jobs. They added that in over six years, employees had only received a 42-cent raise despite the company having made record profits.

Still, they added that those record profits were not enough to stop Mercedes from having imposed an unfair two-tier pay scale.

The news that over half of the workers at the plant had joined the union came after an announcement from the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where workers had made a similar announcement earlier this month.

Last week the union announced that they would be using $40 million in order to organize battery plant workers and automobile workers.

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