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UAW Preparing To Unionize Workers At Toyota, Honda

Friday, August 6, 2010

UAW Preparing To Unionize Workers At Toyota, Honda

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (Nikkei)–The United Auto Workers is preparing steps to recruit workers at Japanese and other foreign automakers’ plants in the U.S.

The labor union is crafting "a set of guidelines" that it plans to present to nonunion foreign automakers, newly elected UAW President Bob King said at an annual management seminar this week. These automakers are expected to include Toyota Motor Corp. (7203) and Honda Motor Co. (7267).

If the companies sign on to the principles, the UAW pledges to honor nonunion workers’ decisions to join the union or not. If companies refuse, the UAW will "expose those companies in any and every way we can until they agree to respect workers’ rights and to rectify their anti-union actions," King said.

Details of the guidelines are not available.

The UAW’s membership currently stands at 350,000, a quarter of its peak. When he was elected president in June, King stressed in a speech that top priority should be given to organizing workers at nonunion automakers such as Toyota and Honda.

Toyota’s North American executive, Steve St. Angelo, said joining the union is up to workers, not management.

(The Nikkei Aug. 6 morning edition)

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