Honda rejected a United Auto Workers’ request.
The UAW had asked that the company voluntarily recognize the union as the bargaining agent for its U.S. work force. Honda said a company-administered poll found that 73.2% of the non-union production workers at its Marysville, Ohio, assembly plant don’t want the UAW to represent them. The UAW asked Honda for voluntary recognition last week as the first formal step in the legal process of trying to organize Honda’s workers. The UAW said it will now file a petition with the National Labor Relations Board calling for a union certification election at the plant, which union officials say could be held 30 to 45 days after its petition is filed.