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Fuyao Glass America

Fuyao Glass America
Jerry Kenney

Workers at Fuyao Glass America in Moraine have voted overwhelmingly against forming a union with the United Auto Workers.

Hundreds of workers cast ballots in the two-day election, which began Wednesday.

 

The vote was decisive: workers rejected unionization by nearly a two to one margin.

Fuyao
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Workers at Fuyao Glass America will begin voting Wednesday on whether to move forward with plans to form a United Auto Workers-sponsored union.

Workers filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board in mid-October, citing workplace safety issues and inadequate wages and benefits. Last year workers, with help from the UAW, filed a list of safety complaints with the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration, or OSHA.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have weighed in on the unionization effort.

 

Fuyao
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Last week, workers at Fuyao Glass America in Moraine filed for representation with the United Auto Workers union. To learn more about the process of forming a union, and what to expect with next month’s Fuyao union vote, WYSO’s April Laissle spoke with a labor-relations expert. Matt Crawford is an attorney with the firm “Doll, Jansen and Ford” – it’s a Dayton practice that represents the interests of workers and unions. The firm is not involved in the Fuyao union effort.

Fuyao
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

More than a dozen state republican lawmakers are urging Fuyao Glass America workers not to unionize. Last week, workers at the Moraine plant applied for authorization with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). They cited safety issues and a lack of communication with company leadership.

Fuyao Glass America
Jerry Kenney

Fuyao Glass America in Moraine is responding to news that employees have filed a petition to unionize under the United Auto Worker’s banner.

 

The move to unionize Fuyao is backed by the UAW and perhaps 30 percent or more of company workers. They have filed an application for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB. If the NLRB approves the petition, it will schedule a vote for Fuyao workers to decide whether or not to unionize.

 

Jerry Kenney

For almost thirty years the GM truck assembly plant in Moraine was woven into the fabric of the surrounding community – that is, until 2008, when it shut down, leaving 2400 workers without jobs.

The building sat empty for almost six years. Finally, things started to look up. First, several small companies moved in. Then, more good news. In early 2014, global Chinese glass manufacturing giant Fuyao announced plans to buy GM’s old plant – bringing hundreds of badly needed jobs back to the Miami Valley.