Alabama Mercedes-Benz Workers Vote Against Joining UAW 

By Matt Bryant 

Workers at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance voted against joining the United Auto Workers on Friday May 17,2024.
More than 4,000 of the roughly 5200 eligible workers voted from Monday to Friday morning, according to the United Auto Worker’s website. The workers at Mercedes-Benz’s Alabama plant have opted against unionizing its shop.
Workers at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International decided to not join the United Auto Workers union, with 56% of workers voting against the proposed union. Ultimately, the vote to unionize failed 2,642 to 2,045.
Workers from the Vance plant, located outside Tuscaloosa, as well as a battery plant in the neighboring town of Woodstock, took part in the vote. The votes will be certified by the National Labor Relations Board.
The vote comes after the UAW had a significant win with workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee voting to unionize last month.
After the vote, MBUSI officials released a statement, thanking employees who took part in the vote.
“At MBUSI, our primary focus is always to provide a safe and supportive work environment for our Team Members, so they can build superior vehicles for the world,” the statement read. “We look forward to continuing to work directly with our Team Members to ensure MBUSI is not only their employer of choice, but a place they would recommend to friends and family.”
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, who has been critical of unions and recently spoke out against UAW activity in the state, applauded the final tally of votes.