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Nick Saban denies UAW endorsement in Alabama union vote controversy

Ads suggested that Saban supported the UAW’s efforts to unionize the facility.

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Ahead of the upcoming unionization vote at the Mercedes-Benz manufacturing facility in Vance, Alabama, a controversy has emerged involving the use of former University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s likeness in advertisements by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. The ads suggested that Saban supported the UAW’s efforts to unionize the facility, a claim he has publicly denied.

In a statement released on Sunday, Saban clarified his position and addressed the union’s use of his image and words without his permission. “I recently learned the United Autoworkers (UAW) union has taken the liberty of featuring my comments in advertisements released as part of its campaign to organize workers at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI). Not only were these comments taken entirely out of context, they were also being used without my knowledge or permission. I do not personally endorse the UAW or its campaign and have asked the UAW to remove any advertisements featuring me from circulation,” Saban stated.

In response to the issue, both the University of Alabama and Auburn University issued a rare joint statement last week, accompanied by legal notices to the UAW for copyright infringement, signaling their disapproval of the union’s approach.

Despite the dispute, Saban encouraged the facility’s workers to participate in the upcoming vote. “I encourage all Team Members to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming election,” he said, emphasizing the importance of employee involvement in the decision-making process.

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