March 26, 2016
By Steven Wishnia
Dayton, Ohio – A Chinese company is building what it says will be the world’s largest auto-glass factory here, and the United Auto Workers has begun trying to organize it.
Fuyao Glass, China’s largest auto glass manufacturer, spent $15 million in 2014 to buy a General Motors assembly plant in the suburb of Moraine that closed in 2008, and now employs about 1,500 workers there, with a starting wage of $12.80 an hour. “We need a living wage, and we need benefits that support families, not just support companies,” Brian Martin, president of UAW Local 696, said Mar. 17, as a small group picketed the plant. “A lot of people from Fuyao have expressed that they would like to be a part of the UAW.” Read more