Congressman Michael Turner

Representing the 10th District of Ohio

TURNER ‘Deeply Concerned’ by UAW at Fuyao

Nov 1, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) wrote today to the President of Fuyao Glass America expressing his deep concern regarding the recent filing by the United Auto Workers seeking to unionize the workforce at the Moraine plant.

Congressman Turner wrote:

“I write to you today regarding the recent filing by the United Auto Workers (UAW) with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seeking to unionize the workforce at your Moraine facility, the former General Motors (GM) Moraine assembly plant.  

As you may know, I was raised in a “union” household. My mother was a member of the Ohio Education Association (OEA) and my father was a member of the International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Workers - Communications Workers of America (IUE-CWA). As an elected official I have also been supportive of many union backed policies. However, I am deeply concerned by the UAW’s recent actions at your Moraine facility.

Many in our community remember the Moraine facility was once a thriving GM facility and was shut down because of a deal by GM and the UAW. Thousands of jobs were lost. Why would we trust the UAW with such an important site when they played a role in its prior closure?

In addition, attempts were made to demolish the plant. Thankfully, at the request of local Moraine officials, I was able to intervene and prevent this site from being torn down and preserve the opportunity for redevelopment.

Fuyao’s decision to invest in the former GM Moraine assembly plant, and our community, has resulted in the transformation of a once abandoned plant into a world class manufacturing facility with over 2000 employees.  

I believe that as you continue to produce high quality automotive glass for your customers, a direct relationship between you and your employees is vital to your success. Having an intermediary involved could cause harm to you and your employees and prevent future investment and growth in our community. This would also send a negative message to others who may be considering investing here in the Miami Valley.  

On behalf of the entire Miami Valley, I thank you for deciding to invest here in Dayton, and I look forward to continuing to work with you to ensure success for both you and your employees.”

 

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