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UAW president Ron Gettelfinger must be drooling right now. While the UAW has reached new labor agreements now with all three of the Detroit automakers (an agreement with Ford is still pending approval), it's been a long time since it made much significant headway in organizing workers at new companies. Now just weeks after the Canadian Autoworkers Union reached a deal with Magna International that would allow them to try and organize Canadian Magna plants, the first plant has signed up. In the d

Since it's inception a half century ago, Magna has grown into the fourth largest automotive parts supplier in the world with sales of almost $24 billion in 2006. The Canadian company has even gotten into complete vehicle assembly with its purchase of Steyr-Daimler-Puch a few years back. Of all the things Magna has done, the one thing it's never tried is negotiating a union contract. Magna plants up until now have now never been unionized. For the first time, the company has reached an agreement

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