DETROIT – Over 650 workers at LM Manufacturing in Detroit, MI, have voted by a supermajority to join the UAW as part of Local 600, one of the largest and most historic locals in UAW history.
“It makes me feel good,” LM worker Cassandra Wiley said about the ‘yes’ vote. “It makes me feel like our voices were heard. It makes us feel like we accomplished something. It’s a really good feeling to know that change is coming.”
Workers at LM Manufacturing produce seats for the Ford Bronco and Ranger. Organizing efforts at the facility began two months ago.
“The workers at LM reached out to the UAW with a desire to improve their working conditions and the UAW responded,” said Region 1A Servicing Representative, Darieus Finklea.
“These workers overwhelmingly wanted a union at their worksite,” said Region 1A Director, Laura Dickerson. “They’re excited, we’re excited, and the Local’s excited because 660 new UAW members is tremendous. We’ll be sitting down and negotiating their first contract coming up.”
“If you’re ever in a position to unionize a job, never be scared, never shy away,” said worker Doctainan Peoples. “Look danger in the face. Nothing comes easy. Don’t shy away from the UAW if they come to (unionize) your job… you’d better run up to ’em.”
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