- Associated Press - Thursday, September 29, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Employees at the Electrolux appliance factory in Memphis have voted to be represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union.

The Commercial Appeal reports (https://memne.ws/2dsw8Zg ) that about 650 workers cast ballots in the unionization vote, which prevailed by a more than 2-to-1 margin. The election came about 16 months after a previous unionization effort was defeated.

Union supporter argued after the 2015 vote that Swedish-owned Electrolux had failed to follow a neutrality policy on union issues. The company denied that claim, citing differing labor traditions between the U.S. and Europe.

The $190 million plant opened in 2014 after state, county and city governments pledged more than $150 million in grants and incentives.

IBEW Local 474 business manager Paul Shaffer says the union looks forward to the collective bargaining process.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com

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