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The UAW has announced its support for Hyundai workers in South Korea who have been on strike since November 15. The employees are all temporary and contract workers who receive lower pay and fewer benefits compared to their full-time counterparts, and their strike has managed to shut down a production facility. According to the Detroit Free Press, the UAW says that at least one fifth of Hyundai workers are temporary and that those workers deserve the same pay and benefit as the automaker's full-time employees. In addition, the UAW says that many of the Hyundai temporary workers are often hired by false contractors.
To that end, the UAW plans to hold a rally outside of Hyundai's technical center in Superior Township, Michigan. The union also said that other organizations around the globe will stage similar protests, though where those rallies will take place and who will take part remains unclear.

[Source: The Detroit Free Press]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The UAW are doing the right thing, unions need to show solidarity across borders. I must say I am pleasantly surprised that this is coming from the UAW though, they've not made a habit of such displays before.

      As for the question at hand, temporary workers should naturally be compensated with higher (hourly) salaries than the employees, in return for their unstable working conditions, not having a fixed pay and not having access to employee benefits.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This feels like a long weekend/start Christmas early strike. UAW isn't supposed to strike against GM or Chrysler, but I guess they could use this as an excuse.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The rocket scientists of the UAW at work, yet again.

      "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son"
      - Dean Wormer - 1979
      • 4 Years Ago
      Same old UAW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And this is defending the UAW workers how exactly?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Part of me agrees with the UAW on this ONE point. But the UAW as a whole is a legal form of organized crime. They literally bully companies and employees into compliance or they stop the work. In this Hyundai case, if it's true, I can see the problem with it. People are not getting fair wages for the work, but the UAW needs to stay out of it, let the workers work out their own deal or before you know it, Hyundai's will be like pre2008 Pontiac's and Saturns.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Concern trolls are concerned.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good way to remind Hyundai USA to never build a plant in Michigan.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The UAW are hoping to pressure Hyundai into increasing wages in Korea b/c it makes American labor look more attractive. "

        Mylexicon: Except South Korea isn't one of the popular outsourcing destinations because wages are comparatively high compared to a lot of developing nations. True, they're trying to bolster union membership abroad in part cus their membership is dying, but they'd be delusional to think pushing for unions in Korea will make an inkling of a difference here.

        They'd need to take the fight to places like Mexico and Vietnam, where a lot of manufacturing work gets outsourced to. Ironically, the UAW stamping their feet for better wages only worsens the problem of outsourcing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sugaki, the overall profitability of Hyundai in influenced by labor costs in all markets. Due to currency manipulation and labor costs, Hyundai is the low-cost or high-value option in the American automotive industry. The UAW have a vested interest in raising wages in a foreign market for a competing low-cost automotive firm.

        • 4 Years Ago
        B&B.
        not necessarily AB, but Bowman is notorious for not reading the originating article, or using erroneous information, or not knowing the history of a vehicle line (see comments on 1st drive Elantra today).

        Hopefully we will not have to put up with Bowman for long.
        Carlos
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL I was just thinking the same thing. Also can someone remind me how a temporary person deserves the same benefits of a full timer. Isn't that the benefit of being a full timer other than having a permanent job?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, that makes three of us.

        Michigan could certainly use the work that a Hyundai plant could bring to that struggling state.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it has more to do with political elbow rubbing. We're trying to negotiate a free trade agreement with korea right now and one of the biggest opponents of that are the korean automakers. By standing up for the korean voting block, they can gather support for the free trade.
        Big picture speaking, we dont really want hyundai to build a plant here. We only want that plant because american manufacturers doesnt have enough demand to build one themselves. It's a second best choice scenario.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Just what they need, another reason to do nothing and complain about not making enough money all while sending the low man out for beer, liquor and lottery tickets.

        I took a tour of "dodge city" Chryslers' truck plant when it was new around 1990. While watching the assembly line in action I remember seeing workers sleeping in and around the line and one was even sleeping in a half assembled truck. The group and the tour guide were all "impressed" to say the least.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What I'm wondering is are the UAW people striking workers doing so at the expense of whatever plant they're supposed to be working for? If so that'd be ridiculous.

        Regardless it's a terrible PR blunder. You'd think they'd wait a little longer before they start gleefully throwing around the "s" word, guess they couldn't help themselves.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought the dealer strikes were amazing, this takes it to a whole new level.

      Good job, UAW.


      /s
      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay, you guys are way wrong about all this.
      Korean conglomerate factories are places that unions are still needed unlike in the states.
      The fact of the matter is that the temporary workers are not really temporary at all. It is just the labeling in the company balance sheet that enables Hyundai to pay them less monies.
      These temporary workers do exactly the same amount of work with same quality of work as permanent workers. The difference is that by labeling them temporary, Hyundai is able to not pay them any benefits nor pay them the same money as permanent workers.
      Even GM(Daewoo) completely outsources an entire car to contractors where they get paid minimal salaries because they are not part of GM.

      This has been a problem in Korea for some time now where big companies abuse their power over these workers. So Korean government made a law to convert temps to perms if he worked for over some years. But that only made Hyundai to fire the temps every whatever year and re-hire them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      UAW will cause the death of the American Auto industry. These workers are going on strike while the unemployment rate is high. They should be fired after all there are people out there looking for jobs. UAW "YOU CANT BITE THE HAND THAT FED YOU!!!!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      UAW never ceases to amaze me? Do they realize that they are competing against these workers? Why not take this opportunity to steal work for the Cruze away from Korea to export?

        • 4 Years Ago
        The UAW would love to see Hyundai have to do this. Right now, Hyundai has operating profit margins. If you force them to give concessions like the UAW then they end up cutting into their profit margin. Then the GM's, Ford's and Chrysler's can compete on more level ground.
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