Flex-N-Gate Corp.'s days as a low-profile auto supplier ended back in November, when company owner Shahid Khan bought the National Football League's Jacksonville, Fla., Jaguars. But that's not stopping Khan from trying to keep his name out of the headlines. Our colleagues at Automotive News posted a story yesterday about how the United Auto Workers is using Khan's NFL connection to draw attention to conditions at his non-union Flex-N-Gate plants -- which the union is trying to organize. The story, "NFL team owner Khan targeted by UAW effort to organize his parts plants," says that before the recent NFL draft, the UAW staged a protest, and a small group "marched to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's Park Avenue office in New York City and presented his office with a letter outlining complaints against Khan and Flex-N-Gate." Flex-N-Gate declined to comment for AN's story, and Khan did not respond to numerous requests for an interview. With the Jaguars rumored to be one of several potential franchises that may move to pro football-starved Los Angeles, it will be interesting to see how this dispute plays out. Does the UAW have any real leverage with this story, or is the union just taking advantage of Khan's somewhat higher profile and grabbing an opportunistic headline?
Flex-N-Gate now a UAW target
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