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Honda was accused of violating workers’ rights amid union organizing efforts

In response, a Honda spokesperson stated that the claims lack merit.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has accused Honda of violating workers’ rights at its Greensburg, Indiana factory by illegally suppressing union organizing efforts. According to an NLRB spokeswoman, the board’s general counsel filed a complaint on Tuesday alleging that Honda forced workers to remove United Auto Workers (UAW) stickers from their safety helmets, unlawfully surveilled employees, and threatened to discipline union supporters.

The Japanese automaker is accused of breaching U.S. labor law, which safeguards workers’ rights to unionize and advocate for improved working conditions. If Honda does not settle the allegations, an administrative judge will conduct a hearing in October. The judge’s ruling can be reviewed by the five-member NLRB, and decisions can be appealed to federal courts.

In response, a Honda spokesperson stated that the claims lack merit and that the company “looks forward to a hearing.” The spokesperson also suggested that filing unfair labor practice charges is a common union tactic to generate publicity for organizing campaigns.

The Greensburg factory, employing over 2,400 workers, is part of a broader UAW effort to organize workers at traditionally non-unionized auto plants. Recently, the UAW lost an election to represent nearly 5,000 workers at a Mercedes plant in Alabama and has asked the NLRB to order a new election, accusing Mercedes of various labor violations. Additionally, the UAW has filed complaints against Hyundai and Volkswagen for allegedly interfering with union campaigns, which both companies deny, asserting their respect for workers’ unionization rights.

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