UAW files unfair labor practice charges against Hyundai, Honda and VW, accusing them of union busting

United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain throughout an internet broadcast updating union members on negotiations with the Detroit automakers on Oct. 6, 2023.

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DETROIT – The United Auto Workers has filed unfair labor follow prices with the National Labor Relations Board in opposition to Honda Motor, Hyundai Motor and Volkswagen, accusing the automakers of unlawfully interfering with employee organizing, the union mentioned Monday.

UAW alleges administration at amenities for Honda in Greensburg, Indiana; Hyundai in Montgomery, Alabama; and Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee have participated in unlawful “union-busting as workers organize to join the UAW.”

The union alleges the actions vary from surveillance of employees at Honda to confiscating, destroying, and prohibiting “pro-union materials in non-work areas during non-work times” at Hyundai.

At VW, the UAW alleges administration has “harassed and threatened workers for talking about the union; confiscated and destroyed pro-union materials in the break room; attempted to intimidate and illegally silence pro-union workers; and has attempted to illegally prohibit workers from distributing union literature and discussing union issues in non-work areas on non-work time.”

“These companies are breaking the law in an attempt to get autoworkers to sit down and shut up instead of fighting for their fair share,” UAW President Shawn Fain mentioned in a press release. “But these workers are showing management that they won’t be intimidated out of their right to speak up and organize for a better life.”

Spokespeople for Honda, Hyundai and Volkswagen didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. The filings weren’t instantly accessible on the NLRB’s web site, however the union offered them to CNBC.

The allegations in opposition to the employers occurred over the last six months, in keeping with the filings, which had been signed by UAW outdoors counsel Benjamin Dictor, an legal professional with New York-based Eisner Dictor & Lamadrid.

The prices come roughly two weeks after the UAW mentioned it was launching an unprecedented marketing campaign to prepare 13 non-union automakers within the U.S. after securing document contracts with the Detroit automakers.

Fain has mentioned that after ratifying document contracts with General Motors, Ford Motor and Stellantis, the UAW subsequent needs to broaden its ranks at non-union automakers working within the U.S.

UAW membership has been almost minimize in half from roughly 700,000 in 2001 to 383,000 at first of this yr. It peaked at 1.5 million in 1979.

Fain has vowed to maneuver past the “Big Three” and broaden to the “Big Five or Big Six” by the point its four-and-a-half-year contracts with the Detroit automakers expire in April 2028.