It appears the UAW has not finished casting about for a transplanted carmaker to target for unionization. Recent months have seen small-arms fire aimed at BMW and Hyundai, now UAW head Bob King has pointed artillery at Nissan, with King "accusing the Japanese automaker of unspecified human rights violations at its factories in Tennessee and Mississippi."

The UAW has attempted to organize Nissan's workforce before, and it didn't work. Supposedly it is devoting more resources to this effort, but other than King's accusations and statements that the UAW is talking to "top leaders at Nissan," it isn't clear how much commitment is involved. With no publicly stated target, is this another act of probing the chances at success or truly an all-out push? Nissan North America said King hasn't spoken to anyone there, and VP David Reuter said that King's "attempts to disparage Nissan are without merit."

Based on insider and outsider commentary, the UAW needs to do something soon to up its membership. With less than 400,000 members, even King feels that "If we don't organize these transnationals, I don't think there's a long-term future for the UAW."


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      slickriven
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...King feels that "If we don't organize these transnationals, I don't think there's a long-term future for the UAW." - Here's hopping they can't organize the transnationals.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      "King "accusing the Japanese automaker of unspecified human rights violations at its factories in Tennessee and Mississippi." If he has evidence why doesn't he alert the authorities? I think he has a screw loose. What could the UAW possibly offer those tranplant workers? Do they plan to explain how well they have "helped" their existing membership out of thousands of jobs?
      Kimithechamp
      • 3 Years Ago
      "If we don't organize these transnationals, I don't think there's a long-term future for the UAW." Is this an early Christmas gift?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kimithechamp
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      Benjamin Roethig
      • 3 Years Ago
      I miss the days where the big unions had pride in what they made and were reasonable. When people like King negotiate, it isn't for the workers' well being, its for their own financial and political interests. More workers = more union dues = more for them and more money they have to buy off politicians.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Sugaki
      • 3 Years Ago
      UAW is so bad it's almost comical. So King threatens Nissan that he know of human rights violations... yet hopes that company will take them on board? Talk about a reality distortion field. Usually you try buttering up the company to win them over, not the other way around.
      Steve
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh please let it die, I would love nothing more than to see the UAW fall through the gates of hell with King at the helm. Get a real job you lousy piece of ****!!
      autablog
      • 3 Years Ago
      "If it bleeds, we can kill it"
      GCG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Human rights violation is UAW itself. New members are needed to pay for huge hole in pension fund. If you are a 'new' UAW member, you are SOL
      bricko
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well, we can certainly hope they die a slow painful death. The same way they have helped kill off all American business. They will move from human rights abuse to direct UAW thug abuse.
      • 3 Years Ago
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