September 05, 2007
United Auto Workers vs Toyota Round 16
There are two troubling facts about the U.S. auto industry.
1. US Auto employers' US operations have been in decline for the past 20 years resulting in plant closings and layoffs.
2. Foreign Automakers have been opening plants up in the United States at a fast pace, but the US autoworkers union has been unable to organize any of them.
As time goes on more than half of all automobiles made in the USA will be made at foreign owned auto plants by non-union workers. For the current and retired members of the UAW it is important that the union establish a presence and foothold within these foreign plants. Yesterday's NY Times featured an article suggesting that the UAW's luck may be changing for the better.
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