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Back On Track? UAW President Refocuses On Organizing Foreign Automakers

United Auto Workers President Bob King would still like his union to represent autoworkers at factories owned by foreign automakers. King had mentioned the plans earlier this year, but apparently got sidetracked due to the UAW’s labor negotiations with Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors.

According to The Detroit News, the UAW will move forward with plans to organize at an American factory owned by a foreign automaker. The action will begin by distributing flyers at car dealerships promoting the virtues of union membership. Plans to begin organize attempts this summer were delayed because the UAW was negotiating contracts with Detroit’s Big Three automakers.

The UAW has not yet picked a target factory or automaker, but is currently training union representatives at the regional level. Previous reports indicated that the UAW would attempt to unionize workers at Volkswagen’s new plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. King says the union will manage to begin unionizing a foreign-owned factory by the end of 2011.

The UAW also is reportedly preparing an “army” of activists to protest at dealerships, corporate offices, auto shows, and factories against companies the union believes are violating workers’ rights.

Source: The Detroit News

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