TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (NEWSnet/AP) — A month after workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee voted to unionize, United Auto Workers is aiming for a key victory at Mercedes-Benz in Alabama.

More than 5,000 workers at the facility in Vance and a nearby battery plant will vote this week on whether to join the union.

UAW is trying to crack union resistance in the Deep South, where states have lured foreign auto manufacturers with tax breaks, lower labor expense and a nonunion workforce.

Workers supporting the union told The Associated Press their concerns include stagnating pay that has not kept pace with inflation, insurance cost, irregular work shifts and a sense of being disposable.

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. said the company looks forward to workers having a chance to cast a secret ballot "as well as having access to the information necessary to make an informed choice” on unionization.

"We believe open and direct communication with our team Members is the best path forward to ensure continued success,” the company said.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and other Southern governors have urged workers to resist unionizing, saying it could threaten jobs and stymie growth of the automotive industry in the region.

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