Why I Stood Up to Lear Corporation's CEO to Demand a Safe Workplace and Fair Wages | Letasha Irby

It's not every day that someone like me, making $12 an hour in a small town in Alabama, confronts the CEO of a major auto parts manufacturer, right in his own corporate headquarters. But last week, that's exactly what happened.

For nearly 10 years, I've worked at a plant in Selma, Alabama, owned by Lear Corp., a major supplier to many leading auto companies including Hyundai, Mercedes, and BMW. My coworkers and I are worried about what we know are low-paying and often dangerous jobs at the plant. But despite hearing our concerns, management has refused to do what it takes to make the plant safer or provide decent pay.

After nearly a decade of seeing many coworkers lose their he