Mercedes labor chief seeks UAW foothold in Alabama

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

The head labor official on Daimler AG's supervisory board says he considers it "unacceptable" that the German automaker's Mercedes plant in Alabama stands alone among the company's factories around the world without union representation for its workers.

Michael Brecht, who as head of Daimler's works councils is also deputy chairman of the board, said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday that he supports the United Auto Workers' efforts to gain recognition at the plant near Tuscaloosa.

Brecht's comments follow recent pronouncements by his counterparts at fellow German automaker Volkswagen in support of the UAW at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Southern Republicans have resisted the UAW gaining a foothold with its first foreign automaker in the South for fear that it would frighten off future investors.