UAW aims to organize U.S. plants of Asian, German carmakers

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 26, 2010

The UAW plans to launch a campaign this January to organize the U.S. manufacturing plants of Asian and German automakers, according to the union’s president Bob King.

He also revealed that the UAW has sent letters to the global CEOs of the automakers that have U.S. transplant operations, informing them of the union’s plan to organize their plants and work together to improve operations. King didn’t say which companies the UAW is targeting first or what responses it has received from those automakers.

King started leading the UAW last June after Ron Gettelfinger completed his two-term, eight-year tenure. King added that the UAW has canceled demonstrations at U.S. Toyota dealerships.

These protests began when Toyota decided last spring to shut down its assembly plant in Fremont, Calif., in an effort to “reach out” to Toyota officials before the start of the organizing drive.

King explained that the union chose to end the protests because the union wanted to be the “UAW of the 21st century” and doesn’t believe now that those actions were accomplishing that goal.

King announced that a press conference will signal the start of the UAW’s campaign in January. King also said that the hourly workers that the UAW is representing have been “instrumental” in the gains that the Detroit 3 have made in the past few years when it comes to quality and productivity. [via autonews - sub. required]

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