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Mercedes workers reject UAW

On Friday, the votes were all counted and the workers at Mercedes voted not to join the controversial United Auto Workers of America (UAW). Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R), state leaders, and economic development leaders celebrated the news that the UAW was unable to claim a massive victory in Alabama's automobile manufacturing industry.

"The workers in Vance have spoken, and they have spoken clearly! Alabama is not Michigan, and we are not the Sweet Home to the UAW," said Gov. Ivey. "We urge the UAW to respect the results of this secret ballot election. I am proud Alabama is home to some of the greatest automakers in the world, and I am grateful to these companies who provide good pay, benefits and opportunities to many men and women across our state. As I have said, automotive manufacturing is one of Alabama's crown jewel industries and number one in the country, and we are committed to keeping it that way."

"Alabama has a long history as a right to work state, and with the defeat of UAW's union effort at Mercedes, our tradition continues," said Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth (R). "Stopping unions from gaining a foothold here allows us to continue recruiting long-lasting, high-paying, 21st Century jobs for many years to come."

"Today's vote proves what we've known all along - the UAW has no place in Alabama," said Speaker of the House Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville). "Congratulations, and thank you to the good people at Mercedes. Your collective decision has protected the livelihoods of all Alabama auto workers and our nation-leading industry as a whole."

The vote was a strong repudiation of the UAW after months of organizing on the union's part.

The workers at Mercedes-Benz manufacturing facility in Alabama voted 2,045 votes for (43.6%) unionizing to 2,642 votes against (56.4%). The results were officially certified by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

The UAW has targeted Hyundai Manufacturing in Montgomery as their next objective.

It is unclear at this time how Friday's rejection by the workers at Vance will impact the Union's expansion plans moving forward.

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