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Ray Curry, director of the UAW's Region 8, is pictured on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. “The UAW thanks Magna for providing a workplace that truly fosters a harmonious environment,” he said in a statement. (Erik Schelzig/AP)
Ray Curry, director of the UAW's Region 8, is pictured on Friday, Dec. 4, 2015. “The UAW thanks Magna for providing a workplace that truly fosters a harmonious environment,” he said in a statement. (Erik Schelzig/AP)

UAW to represent workers at Magna plant in Tennessee Add to ...

The United Auto Workers union has won a vote to represent workers at a Magna International Inc. plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., giving the union another foothold at the Canadian auto-parts giant.

The union will represent 230 workers who make seats for General Motors Co. vehicles assembled at the auto maker’s plant in the city.

“The UAW thanks Magna for providing a workplace that truly fosters a harmonious environment,” Ray Curry, director of the UAW’s Region 8, said in a statement.

Magna’s U.S. factories have proved difficult to organize for the UAW, which represents workers at just five of Magna’s 54 parts factories in the United States.

The union that represents Canadian auto workers, Unifor, has also found it difficult to entice Magna employees to join the union, which was formerly known as the Canadian Auto Workers. This is despite an agreement with the company called the Framework of Fairness, signed in 2007 by then CAW president Buzz Hargrove and Magna founder Frank Stronach.

Workers at three of Magna’s 50 Canadian plants are represented by Unifor under the Framework of Fairness while the union has organized another Magna plant that is not subject to the terms of the framework.

“The FFA is a set of principles which balance the needs of employees and the needs of the business to be competitive,” Magna’s annual information form says in describing the program.

The agreement includes a provision that employees will not go on strike. Instead, unresolved disputes are sent to binding arbitration.

The vote to organize Magna Seating International, which assembles seats for GM’s Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia vehicles, was 192-1, the UAW said.

The “UAW is looking forward to working with Magna and members in the plant to create the modern efficient quality environment for their customers,” Mr. Curry said in the statement.

Editorial, advertising and circulation employees of The Globe and Mail are also members of Unifor.

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