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Alabama Workers Set for Fifth Vote to Oust UAW

By    |   Thursday, 07 May 2015 08:23 PM

Employees of an Alabama plant will be voting for the fifth time on whether it will oust the United Auto Workers union.

The union has lost three of the four previous votes at NTN-Bower Corporation, but has filed appeals with the National Labor Relations Board alleging management interference. In once case, the UAW said, Plant Manager Rufus McMillan held a series of meetings in which he said the plant would close if the union won, but that employees would get raises if it lost, The Daily Caller reports.

The one vote won by the union was nullified for voting irregularities. In that January vote, only 139 of the plant's 140 workers voted, but a total of 148 ballots were cast.

"It shouldn’t take five votes to get rid of a union that has clearly overstayed its welcome," Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Foundation, said, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

"The NLRB has stacked the deck against workers seeking to remove unwanted unions, allowing union officials to throw out results that don’t go their way and hold onto power."

The UAW has represented employees at the plant since 1976, but membership has been declining in recent years. Alabama is a right-to-work state, meaning workers cannot be required to join a union to be employed at a company.

Only 62 of the plant's 140 workers were union members in 2014, the Free Beacon reported.

The next vote will take place on May 19.

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