DETROIT – Workers at Kace Logistics won union recognition today after narrowly avoiding a strike over unfair labor practice charges (ULPs) filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by the UAW. Among other charges, the ULPs included firing workers for their support of the union. Kace Logistics quickly came to the table to settle the dispute before a 6 a.m. strike deadline, agreeing to recognize the UAW and return five terminated employees to their jobs.
Kace workers began organizing in August when they called the UAW to help with issues they face in the plant. In short order, the Kace workers gained a supermajority of support from their co-workers.
“I’m thrilled that we will be able to sit across the table from Kace and work on finding productive solutions to problems we deal with at work,” said Kace worker Cynthia Hunter, a quality analyst on the C shift. “I’m certain that by working together we will be able to improve job security for Kace workers and help in creating better jobs for Detroiters.”
About 160 Kace Logistics workers sequence automotive parts for the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly Plant, located just around the corner from the Kace facility on Freud Street in Detroit.
“Our members throughout the region were ready to stand with the striking Kace workers,” said UAW Region 1 Director Chuck Hall.
“We’re pleased that Kace came to the table and agreed to recognize the UAW. I’m proud to welcome these courageous workers into the UAW.”
“These are brave and dedicated workers in the heart of Detroit who stood up for themselves, their co-workers and created better jobs in the city,” said UAW President Bob King. “These workers deserve to be treated with dignity and respect on the job and Kace has shown they are willing to do just that. We look forward to building a constructive relationship with Kace.”
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