Exal workers seek union representation

Exal Corp in Youngstown


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – For the second time in six months, workers at Exal Corp. are trying to unionize.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District 54 on Monday said it planned to file applications with the National Labor Relations Board that could lead to union representation elections for nearly 400 workers at Exal Corp. The aluminum container manufacturer opened in 1993 and is located off Poland Avenue.

With nearly 700,000 active and retired members, the IAM is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, according to a news release from the union. Some of the companies it represents include General Electric, Parker Hannafin, Lockheed Martin and Harley-Davidson.

In June, workers at Exal voted by a 3-1 margin against union representation by the Teamsters union in three separate secret ballot votes. The final count was 249 to 87 against unionizing.

At that time, a 10-year employee said the unionization effort had begun 18 months prior to the June vote.

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