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Fuyao employees reject UAW bid by wide margin

Published: Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 4:40 PM

Fuyao employees reject UAW bid

Employees at Fuyao Glass America voted by a resounding margin Thursday against joining the United Auto Workers, defeating the union’s more than 18-month attempt to organize one of the Dayton area’s fastest growing manufacturers, in a fight that drew the international spotlight.

The final tally was 886 to 441, according to the National Labor Relations Board, which oversaw the election. 

The UAW offered a slightly different tally, but the same outcome: 868 votes against forming a UAW-represented collective bargaining unit, and 444 votes for the union.

There were 1,608 eligible voters at Fuyao, according to Matthew Denholm, assistant regional director for the NLRB in Cincinnati. 

Three ballots were void and 186 were challenged.

“The union did not receive a majority,” Denholm said. 

The NLRB election process gives the UAW a week to challenge the outcome of the election. 

In a statement, the union said workers “reported irregularities during the election which the UAW is investigating, and it may file objections” with the NLRB.

Fuyao is Ohio’s largest Chinese-owned manufacturing operation, anchored in the shell of a former General Motors plant, and the company itself is just over three years old. The Moraine plant makes automotive and safety glass, with the capacity to make glass sets for one of every four vehicles on North American roads.

“We are pleased that (Fuyao) associates chose to maintain a direct relationship with our company and resist the union’s attempt to intervene,” Fuyao President Jeff Daochuan Liu said in a statement. “While we respect our employees’ right to support or reject a union, we also admire their courage to reject this union’s desperate attempt to prop up its revenue in the face of declining union membership worldwide. 

“We look forward to continuing to work closely with (Fuyao) associates to build a great  company here in Moraine and to our success in the auto glass marketplace,” Liu added.

For well over a year, organizers for the UAW have worked to get a foothold at the West Stroop plant.

“It is disheartening to know that in 2017 there are companies willing to do so much to deny workers a voice and fair treatment,” Rich Rankin, director UAW Region 2B said in a statement. “Unfortunately, that is what these brave workers faced when all they have asked for is a fair path to helping this manufacturer produce the best products and live up to their commitments it made to the Dayton community.” 

Fuyao worker Jeremy Grant, a UAW supporter, said he was surprised by the approximately 2-to-1 margain against the union.

“It was fairly shocking,” Grant said. “We were really confident.”

“I thought that the UAW and Fuyao workers could come together and make for a better company,” he added.

Fuyao workers applied to the NLRB for an election last month.

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The union hoped to stem a decades long-decline in membership, down to about 416,000 members nationally today, well under a height of about 1.5 million in 1979.

The UAW lost a recognition vote at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee three years ago and lost again at a Nissan plant in Canton Miss. in August.

Still, between 2010 and 2016 in NLRB-sanctioned employer-UAW elections, management won 44 elections and the UAW won 43 elections, according to Kristin Dziczek, director of the Labor and Industry Group at the Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research.

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“They win as many as they lose,” Dziczek told this news outlet recently. “That’s been the case for quite some time.”

Joe Allen, a historian and writer on labor issues, said in an interview before results were announced that a UAW loss in Moraine could be seen as “devastating” for the union.

“When the UAW can’t organize an auto parts plant in Ohio … then what does the future hold for an auto union?” Allen said.

The election has drawn national and international attention. The New York Times ran a story Wednesday exploring the company and its founder, Cho Tak Wong, who is also called Cao DeWang.

“To be brutally honest, up to this moment, my investment in the U.S. has brought no good to Fuyao,“ the Times quoted Cho as saying, apparently based on an interview with him in May.

Black Friday deals: Here’s what we found today

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 7:16 AM

Black Friday

Shoppers are already out finding the best deals at big box retailers on Black Friday.

Retailers like Target and Walmart opened last night on Thanksgiving, offering major deals for shoppers. Cabela’s opened again at 6 a.m. today, and gave away prizes to the first 600 customers in line.

These are the best deals we’ve found so far:

Black Friday shopping: Stores open early today for big crowds

Published: Friday, November 24, 2017 @ 5:21 AM

Long line at Elder-Beerman

UPDATE @ 8:30 a.m.

James Maggard, of Franklin, sat on a bench in the Dayton Mall, waiting for his family as they shopped around for gifts. He said they woke up early to go to Toys“R”Us, which he said “wasn’t busy at all.”

“We went to Walmart last night,” he said. “Now, that was awful. I have PTSD and it all came back last night. I told my wife I had to just go out to the car.”

He said a “little old lady” grabbed an electronics item right out of his hand at Walmart. Today has been calm with smaller crowds, he said.  

His daughters plan to go to Barnes and Noble after the Dayton Mall, but Maggard said most of his holiday shopping is already done. “I ordered most of everything online.” 

Kenna Davis and Tera Estep, of Middletown, started their day of shopping at 4 a.m. at the Cabela’s in Liberty Twp. The lines were so long that they opted out of buying anything at all. 

“It was unreal,” Davis said.

After that, they went to Target, which didn’t have any lines. “We thought it would be jam-packed. 

Sitting in the Dayton Mall with Auntie Anne’s pretzels, the women waited on a bench for Estep’s daughters who shopped in Victoria’s Secret. 

“I’m not a crowd-fighter,” Davis said.

 

UPDATE @ 7:28 a.m. 

UPDATE @ 6:20 a.m.

More than 600 people waited in line for door buster deals at Cabela’s in Centerville. The line was significantly smaller than last year, when more than 1,000 people showed up for the first Black Friday at the retailer’s Centerville location. 

A Cabela’s spokeswoman said one person claimed a free firearm. The store is expected to give away two free firearms today, as well as gift cards and other prizes. 

 

INITIAL REPORT:

Consumers got an early start on their shopping on Thanksgiving, but plenty of retailers will offer special Black Friday deals today.

Black Friday is still expected to be the busiest shopping day of the weekend — with 115 million people expected to do their buying today. An estimated 164 million people are planning to shop this weekend, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. The numbers include Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday and Cyber Monday.

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Holiday spending in Ohio is expected to grow 2 percent this year compared to 2016, bringing in an estimated $24.1 billion statewide — and people in the Dayton region are expected to spend more than last year. NRF projects that holiday retail sales in November and December this year will be up between 3.6 percent and 4 percent for a total between $678.8 billion and $682 billion. Consumers say they will spend an average $967.13 this year, according to the annual survey conducted.

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Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping: Best deals we found today

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 7:02 AM

VIDEO: Long line forms outside Victoria's Secret at Dayton Mall

Shoppers are already out finding the best deals at big box retailers like Meijer on Thanksgiving.

While most malls and shopping centers won’t open until later this evening or on Black Friday, some stores already had crowds out purchasing items early in the morning. Meijer opened at 6 a.m., and Cabela’s opens at 8 a.m. JCPenney opens stores at 2 p.m.

These are the best deals we’ve found so far:

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Thanksgiving shopping: Stores open early today for Black Friday deals

Published: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 5:00 AM
Updated: Thursday, November 23, 2017 @ 5:33 PM

Shopping begins at Elder Beerman

UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m.:

Hundreds of shoppers waited in a line that wrapped around the parking lot at the JCPenney at the Mall at Fairfield Commons. The retailers gave away coupons at the door, and issued tickets for bigger items like televisions and PlayStation products. 

JCPenney's general manager, Mike Wages, held the door open for customers as they walked into the store. The line seemed much longer than it was last year, he said. 

UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m.:

At least 100 people stood in line to receive free gift cards of various amounts from Elder-Beerman in Kettering. 

Brenda Rumbaugh, of Belmont, usually dresses up as Mrs. Claus or as an elf for Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping. Standing in line with a friend and family member, Rumbaugh said waiting in line isn’t a burden when you’re doing it with company. 

“I’m always done with my shopping before now,” she said. “I just do this for fun. I make it a fun day.”

After making it through the line, Rumbaugh pointed at her friend, who grinned. 

“Now, she’s happy. She got a $50 gift card.”

UPDATE @ 10:06 a.m.:

Dozens of people waited in line outside of Elder-Beerman in Kettering. The retailer, which opens its doors at 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving, will give away gifts cards of various amounts to the first 200 people in line at stores. 

Karen Miller, of Bellbrook, loves going shopping on Thanksgiving weekend every season. She said she’s just browsing, but has landed deals on gifts like an iPhone 6S in previous years. 

“I’m looking for gifts for my nieces,” she said. “Probably pajamas, socks. We’ll go to the Mall at Fairfield Commons later.” 

UPDATE @ 9:14 a.m.:

Small crowds came out to stores like Kroger, Meijer and Cabela’s early on Thanksgiving. Elder-Beerman will open at 11 a.m., and JCPenney will open later in the afternoon. 

UPDATE @ 6:40 a.m.:

Meijer stores opened at 6 a.m. today, one of the first retailers to open early on Thanksgiving. Though lines were not long, shoppers waited in the electronics and toys sections to land deals on hot items like Keurig makers, iPhones and wireless printers. 

David Taliaferro, of West Carrollton, arrived at Meijer on Springboro Pike around 6 a.m. With a cart full of electronics, he waited in a short line for an Amazon Fire TV Stick on sale for $25. The product usually sells for $45 or more. 

“I bought a TV for my sister,” he said. “I’ll probably go out shopping later today, but I’ve gotten a lot of the big ticket electronics in the past couple of years so I’m not looking for too much.” 

Other stores will open today too. Cabela’s opens at 8 a.m., after closing stores on Thanksgiving last year. JCPenney opens stores at 2 p.m., and other big box retailers open at later in the evening. 

Lines at Cabela's

INITIAL REPORT

While some retailers will close their doors this Thanksgiving, most of the local malls in the Miami Valley will remain open for eager shoppers.

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Dayton Mall and the Mall at Fairfield Commons will both open today, and again, on Black Friday. The two malls open from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. The Greene Town Center is closed today, but will open at 6 a.m. for Black Friday deals. Other retailers open today include: Meijer, Cabela’s, Elder-Beerman, JCPenney, Toys”R”Us, Target and Walmart.

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Retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Sam’s Club and Costco are closed today. Toys “R”Us, Macy’s, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods will open in the evening on the holiday.

The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and the University of Cincinnati Economics Center found the state is likely to see a 9 percent increase in holiday retail spending compared to 2015. In 2016, an estimated $23.6 billion was brought in by holiday sales. In 2015, holiday sales resulted in more than $21 billion in revenue throughout the state.

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For the first time, online shopping will exceed brick-and-mortar sales — 59 percent of consumers plan to spend online. The national federation projects that holiday retail sales in November and December will be up between 3.6 percent and 4 percent for a total between $678.8 billion and $682 billion. Consumers say they will spend an average $967.13 this year, according to an annual survey conducted by the federation.

Local malls and shopping centers are still prepping for large shopping crowds, despite the fact that online sales are expected to dominate this year. Steve Willshaw, the general manager of The Greene Town Center in Beavercreek, said the shopping center starts to see larger crowds the weekend before Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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“It stays busy after that,” Willshaw said. “No one is going to argue that online sales have become a part of the shopping experience but you can’t dine online, take a carriage ride or enjoy any of the other holiday festivities that are associated with this time of year at The Greene.”

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