The United Auto Workers (UAW) union has just won an election at the GM Ultium Cells battery plant in Ohio, indicating that a majority of workers at the plant are in favor of unionizing.
This is big news for the UAW, as the union now has a foothold into the electric car business. According to a report by Bloomberg, the union will now set its sight on plans to organize workers in future manufacturing plants that are being planned or built across the US. This rise in EV-focused plants come as automakers race to make the switch to zero-emission vehicles.
“Our entire union welcomes our latest members from Ultium,” said UAW President Ray Curry. “As the auto industry transitions to electric vehicles, new workers entering the auto sector at plants like Ultium are thinking about their value and worth. This vote shows that they want to be a part of maintaining the high standards and wages that UAW members have built in the auto industry.”
In regards to UAW’s expansion to more EV-related plants, the Ultium Cells battery manufacturing facility is just the first of four new battery cell facilities planned for the U.S. under Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture between GM and South Korean technology company LG Energy Solution. Two additional Ultium Cells plants are under construction in Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Delta Township, Michigan, with a fourth planned for construction in New Carlisle, Indiana.
As a reminder, the UAW filed to unionize workers at the newly opened Ultium Cells facility back in October 2022. At the time, Curry stated that Ultium Cells LLC had failed to recognize the UAW after a majority of workers at the facility signed cards authorizing the union to represent them. The Ultium Cells plant in Ohio employs roughly 900 workers.