By Trent Knuckles
For the Mountain Advocate
Workers at a Corbin factory have rejected a bid to be represented by a labor union.
The results of a two-day vote at CTA Acoustics Inc. were finalized Friday evening with workers voting against the union, 197-99.
Employees of the company voted down the opportunity to be represented by International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 770 of Nashville, Tenn. The union filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in late September seeking the vote after employees from the company contacted union officials expressing support for possible unionization at the plant.
The NLRB oversaw the vote Thursday and Friday.
One worker told the News Journal Friday, following final tally of the votes, that they were “relieved” at the results, and added the CTA workers did not need union representation because the company was “progressive” and “growing.”
Another worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said it was unlikely there would be hard feelings between employees who supported joining the union and those who did not.
CTA Acoustics manufactures and supplies innovative acoustical and thermal insulation materials/parts for the transportation industry. The primary applications are exterior vehicle treatments that include hood insulators, engine side dash insulators, underbody tunnel insulators, and our latest development, exterior wheelhouse liners. The company’s local plant is located off the Corbin Bypass in the Southeast Kentucky Regional Business Park in Knox County.