Hyundai Supplier Could Unionize
By Alabama Public Radio
Montgomery, AL – The vote is being watched by labor leaders but experts say it won't set off a ``domino effect'' in Alabama's automotive industry. In Alabama, United Auto Workers represent Siemens, Chrysler and Delphi auto parts workers in at least three plants. The Teamsters union, U-A-W's competitor, has scheduled a union election Wednesday at Daehan, a Korean company which manufactures interior sound insulation components at its 145-thousand-square-foot plant in Lowndes County The union has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board that Daehan's management participated in unfair labor practices, including threatening workers with a plant shutdown if they unionized. The company has denied the allegations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Alabama has the strongest union presence in the South, even though numbers have dropped by half over the past 40 years.