The United Auto Workers protested outside Hyundai dealers in the U.S. last week, though not for the reasons you might think. Automotive News reports that the UAW picketed key U.S. Hyundai dealerships yesterday in response to an incident that took place halfway around the world.
The protest was in support of a Korean union employee who was reportedly fired for reporting sexual harassment at a Hyundai subcontractor. UAW spokeswoman Michele Martin was quick to point out that the union was not picketing Hyundai, and added that the move was not part of the organization's drive to organize transplant automakers.

The Hyundai dealership protest can be looked at as a warm-up for the UAW, which previously stated that it would organize U.S. operations of a foreign automaker in 2011. (That target has since been pushed further into the future.) The union has reportedly been training protesters how to demonstrate at auto dealer showrooms.


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      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe we should all boycott UAW products for awhile and see how the manufacturers respond.
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        ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        u should change your name to obama troll, because you troll every article posting bullsh!t about obama.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        So you are saying that we should take such actions that will ensure more folks lose their jobs so as not to "contribute to OweBlamaer and his thugs"? Look, I don't like Obama, or the UAW any more than you do, but I think you are taking it a little far. There needs to be a little more of this thing called moderation, something that seems to be over a lot of people's heads these days. Look on the bright side, Obama won't be in office forever, and the UAW's membership is merely a fraction of what it was 30 years ago.
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        Space_Butler
        • 3 Years Ago
        Same for you, and for good measure, your offspring. Maybe this country will get a little less awful.
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        That Kid
        • 3 Years Ago
        Dear God, this comment has 6 upvotes? Rabid anti-unionism to the point where picketing a company for questionable labor practices is an acceptable reason for military style executions! Why? Because a multi-national conglomerate might have its profits hurt? Because it might cause some people to think about the conditions faced by the people who make their cars? Does nobody remember Italy and Germany in the 1930's and 40's? Are the American propaganda makers so skillful in their anti-socialist scare-mongering that so many people would actually WELCOME out and out fascism? What is wrong with this country?
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @That Kid
          I don't think Italy and Germany of the 30s and 40s had the systems in place to protect those in the workplace, so your argument falls flat there. Face it, the UAW is to the point to where it is doing more harm than good. It's overkill, and is keeping Michigan and Detroit from being what they could be.
      Sir Shagsalot
      • 3 Years Ago
      The UAW must be retarded. This is like boycotting Best Buy because Samsung may or may not have done something wrong to somebody.
      Rampant
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder then the manufactures will wake up and realize the UAW is costing them sales.
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      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      For the first time in history, I support hyundai.
      Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hahaha, good to see the UAW is training its member base in such useful job skills. Instead of training them on efficiency, job safety, or even something like how to get hammered at work on the cheap, they are training them on how to picket auto dealerships instead of manufacturing plants. That'll really help fill out the resume for these folks for when they're out in the job market...
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          Bob
          • 3 Years Ago
          What a well reasoned retort! Maybe you just came in from the picket line and only had limited time to craft it. To your, well I'll be generous and say "point"... In North America, GM's Oshawa plant tops the list for efficiency. Oshawa is in Canada. In terms of overall efficiency, Toyota tops the list. While of course that includes many hard-working and efficient American workers, none of them are UAW members. I'll also say it's odd that you see some kind of relevant distinction between federally mandated vacation and federally mandated protection of labor unions.
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      mylexicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Protecting the Korean worker? The UAW is trying to make the Korean worker's labor less efficient to protect the American worker. It's the same line the sold to the American worker before he got mechanized and outsourced. Quality of life and purchasing power are what matter most. If these goons will stop focusing on nominal wages, we'd all be in a lot better shape, and maybe we could be proud of unions instead of embarrassed by them.
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