Workers at Alabama copper plant vote to unionize

Workers

The Associated Press
Published: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 17, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

PINE HILL | Workers at an Alabama copper plant have narrowly approved a plan to unionize, despite objections by Gov. Robert Bentley.

The National Labor Relations Board said 75 people at the GD Copper USA plant in Pine Hill voted to join the United Steelworkers, while 74 voted against.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the vote to unionize came despite efforts by Bentley, who sent a letter to employees before the vote urging them to reject the union.

Daniel Flippo, district director for the United Steelworkers, which represents 18,000 workers in Alabama, said the employees seeking a union were concerned about health and safety issues, as well as wages and benefits.

Officials say objections to the vote were filed with the NLRB on Friday, which could trigger a hearing on the election.