October 28, 2013
By Neal Tepel
Louisville, Ky. – A majority of workers at automotive supplier Faurecia Interior Systems Inc. have voted to join in an election held at the plant. The facility, which opened in late 2011, produces automotive interiors for vehicles manufactured at Ford Motor Co.’s Louisville Assembly Plant and the General Motors Co. Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan. The agreement gives a union voice to 172 workers at the plant.
In July 2012, workers at a Faurecia plant in Cottondale, Ala., who make seating for Mercedes-Benz M-Class sport utility vehicles, successfully organized and voted more than 2 to 1 to join the union. The Louisville Faurecia workers will join other unionized workers at Southern auto parts facilities, including the Faurecia workers in Cottondale and Johnson Controls workers outside Tuscaloosa, Ala., in advocating for a voice for Southern autoworkers.
“We are pleased to welcome these new members into the UAW family,” said UAW Region 8 Director Gary Casteel. “Workers everywhere, but especially in Southern auto plants, are showing a strong interest in democracy in the workplace and they know the decision to join a union is the right step. These are men and women who work hard and realize that joining a union not only gives them job security, but also helps support their families and communities. Faurecia also deserves recognition for agreeing to use the majority recognition process, forgoing the approach of anti-union employers who force their employees into a divisive, disruptive and outdated election process.”