Detroit – The United Auto Workers union is contesting the results of a recent organizing vote held among Mercedes-Benz workers in Alabama. The vote, which saw workers reject union representation, has sparked allegations of unfair practices by the Detroit-based union.

The UAW claims that the German automaker engaged in wrongful conduct such as the dismissal of pro-union employees, mandatory attendance at anti-union meetings, and interference with workers’ pro-union activities. These allegations have prompted the UAW to petition federal officials for a new election to be ordered.

During the vote, 56% of the workers at the Alabama plant cast their ballots against unionizing, amounting to 2,642 individuals. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) oversaw the election, in which more than 90% of the eligible 5,075 Mercedes-Benz workers participated.

In response to the UAW’s objections, the NLRB’s Atlanta office is currently reviewing the allegations of an unfair election. If deemed necessary, a hearing may be ordered to address substantial issues raised by the union.

Mercedes-Benz has maintained its adherence to NLRB guidelines and expressed hope that the UAW would respect the decision made by their team members. The automaker emphasized its commitment to the objection process and cooperation with regulatory authorities.

UAW President Shawn Fain has accused Mercedes-Benz of running an anti-union campaign, citing alleged misconduct and illegal behavior. However, details of the union’s potential plans to challenge the election results remain undisclosed.

The outcome of the Alabama vote represents a setback for the UAW following a successful organizing drive at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. The Mercedes-Benz election was deemed more challenging for the union, which faced resistance from the automaker and a historical lack of prior organizing efforts in the region.