Auto parts workers vote to end union representation in Loudon Co.

September 28, 2007By MELISSA DiPANE

LOUDON (WATE) -- Workers at a Loudon auto parts plant voted Friday to decertify the union that represented workers on strike. However, the strike continues. A total of 410 workers at the Maremont Exhaust Plant voted in favor of ending representation by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 2545.The early tally of votes is 223 in favor of union decertification and 141 against it. Forty-six of the votes are called "challenged," meaning they can be contested by either side. However, representatives say the challenged votes are unlikely to change the outcome. Officials say it was non-union workers whose votes tipped the scales in favor of decertification. The union went on strike at Maremont in February, citing cutbacks in pension plans, changes in their 401K plans and an elimination of seniority. Maremont manufactures auto exhaust system products for cars and trucks at its Loudon facility.