The Georgia Supreme Court hears arguments Monday from former auto workers who say Kia didn’t hire them to work at its West Point plant because the workers are union members. The workers are suing Kia and the state for access to records from the state’s QuickStart program, which screened and hired workers for the plant.
When Kia Motors decided in 2006 to build its first North American manufacturing plant in West Point, it did so thanks to tax breaks and other incentives promised by the state. One of Georgia’s promises was the recruitment and training of workers. The facility now employs 3,000 people. But the way those workers were hired is now at the center of a lawsuit.