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According to Automotive News, UAW President Bob King has his eye on organizing labor forces at the manufacturing facilities of German and Asian automakers here in the States. At this point, it's unclear which automaker or which plant the UAW will attempt to organize first, though King has said that he has sent letters to the CEOs of the transplant automakers informing them of the union's intentions. King says that the UAW is only interested in cooperating to improve operations, and that it will kick off the campaign towards organization in January.

In the meantime, the UAW has called off protests at Toyota dealerships around the country as a gesture of goodwill. The union began picketing the dealerships when the Japanese automaker decided to close its NUMMI assembly plant in Freemont, California after its partner, General Motors, pulled out of the endeavor. (the facility is now in use by Toyota partner Tesla Motors).

Automotive News reports that Toyota says that it will leave it up its workers to decide whether or not organization under the UAW is in their best interest. The company has been building vehicles in the U.S. for about 25 years, and in that time, workers have never sought organization – despite repeated drives by the UAW.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req. | Image: Bill Pugliano / Getty Images]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is off topic somewhat but worth noting.

      It hasn't been covered in the mainstream Detroit media but union halls in the area are telling it's members to boycott the city of Ferndale. The reason? The city erected a monument to Vincent Chin and they feel it's demeaning towards union members. If you're not aware of what happened take a read. Believe it or not, this sentiment amongst many UAW members still exists.

      http://detnews.com/article/20101223/METRO02/12230372/1411/METRO02
      • 4 Years Ago
      when will UAW mind their own damn business.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can't believe you said that.

        U = United
        A = Auto
        W= Workers.

        This IS their business.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But since there aren't unions in Toyota and other companies, it isn't their business.

        Plus, why do the non-union factories need the union? Pay union dues, put up with politics, clash heads with white-collar management until the company goes belly up, and you lose a job. Even from a long-term perspective of job security, unions are a dud. Sure you may be able to coerce and connive your way toward better benefits for a short-term gain, but history has showed that it eventually screws you over.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Umm employees do not get to "share profits" by default; aside from incenting the proper behavior, employees do not have any sort of claims on profits. The owner/shareholders get the upside, because they stand to lose money if the company goes belly up.

        As soon as unions realize this fact, they can start thinking about where and how they can add value to claim higher compensation.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unions have a place to curb management abuses and share profits equitably, but UAW extortion clearly is excessive.

        Companies fold to UAW demands because to do otherwise is to fail/bankrupt/lower shareholder value in the short term. Keep in mind the market doesn't give a damn for long term value/issues.

        We all have 20/20 hindsight when it comes to the long view...we see it when foreign companies, non-union foreign companies, eat our lunch.

        We have seen the enemy, and he is us.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Transplants have excellent benefits without the UAW. Why would they want to mess it up?
        • 4 Years Ago
        That is an excellent question Drivwr X. Why would the employees want to pay the UAW to get the same benefits? I certainly would not want that and would vote against unionizing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, they will be taking aim at the transplants right after their attempt to unionize Santa's elves. These guys are desperate for membership.
      • 4 Years Ago
      UAW protests against Toyota dealerships when GM bailed out of NUMMI. These guys are a genius.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The other automakers should put up a sign that says "NO SOLICITING!!". Then have them all arrested if they continue to stand around the property.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unions suck, their demise can't come soon enough. Sadly the current administration threw them a lifeline with the auto bailout.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not just a lifeline, they bought them a dang stake in GM and Chryco using our hard earned dosh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Send them all to the worker's "paradise" of North Korea!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unions (The UAW Most notably) are a parasite on modern day economies. They worked well in the early 1900's but that was before heavy government regulations brought working conditions under control. Now days all they do is complain about not enough PTO, Wages, and COLA benefits. I would rather work for myself at lower pay than be part of a union.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The foreigners will just not assign new models to American plants. They will be building Nissan Titans in their current form for a long time
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, they're going to destroy the Japanese automakers like they did the American ones? Great strategy if that's what they're trying to do. People in our government will likely be proud until they realize that Japanese automakers are the ones employing people in their country and raising US GDP.

      Fair pay my ass. It's all about leveraging political power and getting more than the other guy. They don't have Federal government worker's benefits beat though. They would if they could.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm.. UAW, GTFO!
      If these plants have not unionized in what was it again on yeah 25 YEARS! I highly doubt they will now. I have never ever heard of any reports or rumors about any non-union plant that is German, Japanese, or otherwise workers being mistreated or underpaid. Not once have I heard any of these plants threatening to strike or walk out. The reason being is that these companies know how to keep their employee's happy and taken care of.

      Right now the UAW is on life support and overall brain dead but no one has informed anyone that its time to pull the plug. I'm still curious as to how both Chrysler and Ford are going to handle the next round of negotiations since by them I'm sure the UAW will still own a portion of GM. If both are smart they may just try to wiggle out of any contract and tell their workers that if they quit the union and be rehired as a normal employee their benefits and pay will better in the long run. I will never buy the "They are there to protect the workers" excuse. Is that why there is Human Resource's in companies? Is that what OSHA is for?

      I'd be curious as to how overall pay and profit margin for a union plant made car and non-union plant car is of the same segment. This to me would show exactly how bad the UAW is to the actual auto industry.
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