With reports indicating sexual harassment is rampant at a Ford assembly plant in Chicago, a group critical of unions produced a video in which women said they were subjected to years of harassment at the facility.
Called "A Culture of Harassment," the video by the Center for Union Facts (CUF) features several female workers at the plant telling their stories.
"The whole entire place is like a cesspool. The whole entire place," one woman said at the start of the roughly three-minute piece. "There's no place in there that you can get away from."
Another woman said, "When we left out of the training room, you hear, 'fresh meat' and 'oh, that's mine' and the whistling and the stares and the lewd comments."
The sexual harassment allegations are one thing, but the women have accused the United Auto Workers union of defending the accused, rather than the accusers, even though everyone paid union dues. In some cases, according to the women in the video, the union spent money to defend men accused of harassment but did nothing to help the accusers.
The women also accused union reps of sexual harassment and failing to take their allegations seriously.
"I've even had one of the union officials come to me and tell me that you shouldn't report it because that's not sexual harassment if they only did it to you one time," one woman said.
Another added that a union rep asked her for sexual favors.
There have been several lawsuits, as detailed in a lengthy New York Times article last month.
After the Times article was published, Ford CEO Jim Hackett publicly apologized to the women who said they have been harassed at Ford plants.
"I want to take this opportunity to say that I am sorry for any instance where a colleague was subjected to harassment or discriminatory conduct," Hackett wrote in an open letter.
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