Mercedes-Benz has run afoul of the National Labor Relations Board after an administrative judge ruled that the company violated organizing rights of workers at the company's Vance, AL factory, which builds the M-Class, GL-Class and the new C-Class.

Judge Keltner Locke upheld the charge that MB told employees they couldn't distribute pro-union literature in the factory's common areas during off-work hours, according to Automotive News. The other charges in the September 3 complaint, meanwhile, were dismissed, with Locke saying the company took "prompt remedial action."

While Locke's ruling comes without penalties, the factory, which is formally known as Mercedes-Benz US International Inc., must tweak its rules to allow off-duty workers to solicit other off-duty workers in certain parts of the factory (parking lots, break rooms, etc.), a right provided by the National Labor Relations Act.

The decision by Locke still isn't sitting well with some of the plant's employees, though. Don White, a 19-year veteran of the facility and one of the parties to the NLRB complaint, is one such worker.

"We're allowed to talk about church, football, anything else," White told AN. "There has been a lot of intimidation to keep us from trying to organize."


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      William
      • 4 Months Ago
      A government agency pushing the cancer of unions.
      dukeisduke
      • 4 Months Ago
      Given that SCOTUS recently declared in a 9-0 decision that Obama's "recess" appointments to the NLRB were unconstitutional, was their decision even valid?
      Sergey R
      • 4 Months Ago
      Sorry, but I didn't get it - did anyone suffered pain or die or lost some IQ because didn't read that literature or what? Hope that BS can't delay the new C-Class! I'd like to see the new S-Class's son in person.
        Daniel D
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Sergey R
        No, like the management team you didn't get it. Apply for a promotion now.
          churchmotor
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Daniel D
          Just like Obama's pals being protected by the SEIU. Murder veterans, get a bonus check from savior Obama.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 4 Months Ago
      Earlier today Supreme Court of Wisconsin upheld the famous labor law passed by Scott Walker. Taxpayers are fighting back.
      churchmotor
      • 4 Months Ago
      Remember just after Barry Soetoro took office and unleashed his Prounion NLRB on Boeing in South Carolina. And Obama's lapdog Pelosi said it was better to shut that factory down than let the workers there who voted NO to the union, keep their jobs. Well, that didn't workout too well for Obammy in the long run. Looks like every initiative of Obama's is getting rejected by the USA legal system.
      bullitt2605
      • 4 Months Ago
      In other news unions continue to waste time and money and drive up the cost of living.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 4 Months Ago
        @bullitt2605
        MB's german plants are all union shops. Why don't you tell them how they are doing it wrong?
          johnbravo6
          • 4 Months Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          Yes! The smart move is to point the guns of government at people who don't do what you want. Always makes for a cohesive working environment.
          Ajr Ajr
          • 4 Months Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          MBs are overpriced and not half as well built as they used to be
          carguy1701
          • 4 Months Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          HE didn't say anything about the government. HE said that Mercedes' German plants have unions, and no one seems to have any issues with it.
        Worx2749
        • 4 Months Ago
        @bullitt2605
        Idiotic.
      Master Austin
      • 4 Months Ago
      If someone is not happy with their job, feel free to quit.
        bullitt2605
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Master Austin
        If someone wants to work somewhere with a union presence but not join the union they should be allowed to. But that just gets the unions panties all bunched up.
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Master Austin
        That is the dumb way to go about it. Someone with decent brain matter will look to see if their employer is violating any laws, regulations, etc.
        Daniel D
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Master Austin
        If a manager isn't happy with being held accountable for their actions or having to show genuine management and people skills that are commiserate with their position and salary feel free to quit.
          churchmotor
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Daniel D
          Excellent bullet point on how vile the LEFT has become. Negative voting a post about Veterans being murdered by Government Employees. The left MUST stick up for their SEIU "brothers". Solidarity. Socialism for all.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 4 Months Ago
      Isn't M-B one of several makers that have plants in the US planning plants in Mexico? No unions there.
      johnbravo6
      • 4 Months Ago
      Wow, sounds awful. I guess those employees will quit since their employer is so evil...
        knightrider_6
        • 4 Months Ago
        @johnbravo6
        Wow, sounds awful. I guess Mercedes will be leaving the country since our labor laws are so evil...
          johnbravo6
          • 4 Months Ago
          @knightrider_6
          I wish they would. Ostracism is the free market's way of dealing with undesirable behavior.
      churchmotor
      • 4 Months Ago
      LOL, the UAW has shown up for this thread.
        churchmotorsafag
        • 4 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        lol faggot! You're a FAG! LOL!
          churchmotor
          • 4 Months Ago
          @churchmotorsafag
          lol at this new account yonomo200
          churchmotor
          • 4 Months Ago
          @churchmotorsafag
          With all your other accounts NightFlight_6, hard to keep up.
        yonomo200
        • 4 Months Ago
        @churchmotor

        Wow liemotor. Sinking to all-new lows. Make up some fake homophobic login then accuse me of being that person. Here's a clue, Matthew/Shawn. Nobody cares about your wacko politics. Got it? No, I'm sure you don't. But it still needs to be said. You're a nut!

      Avinash Machado
      • 4 Months Ago
      UAW might now try to get in I guess.
      knightrider_6
      • 4 Months Ago
      Put a picture of Jesus on the flyers and claim that forming a union is your closely held religious belief. The trick worked for Hobby Lobby
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