Many Fuyao Glass employees are looking to unionize, saying that they’ve seen safety violations, disorganization, and intimidation in the workplace. They hope that joining the union will provide them a voice and ensure that they are provided with safe working conditions and a livable wage.
“I’ve worked at union and nonunion facilities,” saysJernigan, who’s worked at factories around Dayton, Ohio. “And it always wasbetter at the union ones.”
He’s currently at Fuyao Glass America, a Chinese-owned company that opened an automotive glass plant in the Dayton suburb of Moraine.Jernigan was one of its first employees and is now part of a group of workers trying to organize a union.
He says the turnover rate for hourly workers at the plant is“astronomical” due to low wages, poor working conditions and a disorganized supervisory structure.
“It’s just a big ball of confusion,” Jocelyn Johnson-Grant,who works in the plant’s print room, tells In These Times. “I’ve seen people be promoted, and then no later than one day of being in that position, they get taken out and put in a lower position,” without an adequate explanation.
“It’s chaos, really,” says Jernigan, explaining that employee reviews for pay increases are often delayed for no clear reason. “When people are expecting to get a raise within a certain timeframe and then it’s not occurring when it should, they get frustrated.”
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