The United Auto Workers is continuing to push toward unionization at manufacturing facilities owned by foreign automakers. According to Reuters, UAW President Bob King has said that a number of foreign companies have agreed to confidential discussions with the union and that "some progress" has arisen from the talks. No one from the organization has outright said which companies are speaking with the UAW or which, if any, are growing warmer to the notion of an organized workforce. Even so, UAW secretary-treasurer Dennis Williams has indicated that there may be a unionized foreign-owned plant by the end of this year.
As Reuters points out, the UAW hasn't exactly had the best track record when it comes to convincing workers in foreign-owned plants to join their cause. Despite the organization's best efforts, plants owned by Toyota, Honda, Nissan, BMW, Hyundai, Kia and Mercedes-Benz have all remained union-free. Now the UAW is doubling its efforts on Volkswagen with the company's new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Attracting a new plant would likely help the union's flagging membership rates. Since 2000, the UAW has seen its roster plummet by 44 percent.