MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – Workers at Fuyao Glass America on Wednesday will begin voting on whether or not to join a union.
The National Labor Relations Board is holding a vote for plant workers on Wednesday and Thursday.
Workers filed a request for a union election in mid-October. They’re considering joining United Auto Workers (UAW).
UAW supporters crowded around the plant Wednesday afternoon hoping employees inside will vote “yes”.
Bob and Kathy Masterson drove from Parma near Cleveland to make their voices heard. Both are General Motors retirees.
“We feel strong about union and even though this plant was something else when it closed, they absorbed those people back into other plants,” said Cathy.
Fuyao workers say they are fighting for fair polices, equal treatment and workplace safety.
2 NEWS spoke with Representative Mike Turner about the vote last week he says he’s concerned because the UAW is the same union that was in place when GM closed.
“The problem obviously is this sends the wrong message to people who want to invest in our community. We worked on an international basis to bring this investment right here to Dayton, Ohio,” said Turner.
Bob Masterson says GM closing had nothing to do with the UAW.
“Believe me, the company, they’re the ones that caused most of the problems and that’s why you need a union,” said Bob.
Fuyao has previously said it wants to deal directly with workers and not with a union, saying it would be better for everyone involved, as well as the community.
More than a thousand employees are expected to vote.
2 NEWS will be following the vote every step of the way and will provide updates on air and online as the story develops.