A judge has ruled Mercedes-Benz U.S. International violated labor laws while dealing with employees interested in forming a labor union.
An administrative law judge for the National Labor Relations Board ordered MBUSI to revise rules in its employee handbook governing the solicitation and distribution of materials at its auto manufacturing plant in Vance.
The United Auto Workers accused Mercedes managers of stymieing pro-union employees' efforts to distribute information about the union.
Mercedes told The Tuscaloosa News its only restrictions were designed to protect worker safety and production.
Administrative Law Judge Keltner Locke ruled that employees who are not on working time can solicit support for a union from other employees, even if they are in work areas.