Thursday, 8 December 2011

Is Nissan the Next in Line of Fire of UAW?

The United Auto Workers (UAW) Union, which has already bagged contracts with three big auto makers in Detroit - GM, Ford and Chrysler, is now training its guns on foreign automakersí plants in the U.S. Itís most likely target is Nissan.

According to reliable sources, Nissan has already been discussed as a target for organizing by union leaders. Although the UAW has always been against organizing workers in foreign plants in the U.S., it is adopting different tactics this time.

Any decision will not be made by the unionís executive board, until it sees the automakers reaction to UAW demands to be allowed to pitch workers and let them vote on joining the union.

Nissan Motor Co., Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co., BMW AG, Daimler AG, Volkswagen AG and Hyundai Motor Co./Kia Motors Corp. have been asked by the union to let workers vote on union representation in a free election.

The UAW signed new four-year deals early in 2011 that did not include pay raises for most workers. Though, it opted for profit-sharing. The deals have resulted in the creation of thousands of extra jobs in those factories.

There has been a fall in membership of UAW to just more than 376,000, which is just a quarter of what it was in 1979. Last year it rose 6 percent, going up for the first time since 2004.

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