VANCE, Alabama -- The United Auto Workers plans to charter a local union at Tuscaloosa County's Mercedes-Benz plant and grant it full membership and voting rights within its organization.

Those plans are outlined in a flyer obtained by, and they represent a new strategy for the UAW in its attempts to organize workers in Alabama's auto industry.

The local union would not initially have the right to bargain contracts with the company, but the UAW's goal is to build a majority membership and achieve full collective bargaining rights, the flyer says.

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