UAW Wants Uncontested Path To Foreign Label Automakers
The United Auto Workers, who have been staging protests at Toyota dealerships- mainly in the friendly confides of California and New York, are set to release a new pledge they want foreign label automakers to sign with respect to union organizing.
Simply put, they want the companies to take a hands-off approach to union organizing and let the union come in and talk up UAW without a counter argument from management. Hopefully these companies are laughing at this proposal.
While I am sure UAW would love to get their hands on Nissan, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, etc., their anger right now seems targeted at Toyota for a couple reasons. First, they sense an easy opening with the recall situation. When an entire company is in limbo like that, unions love to jump in and take advantage of the weakness. Second, the UAW is bitter about the closing of the joint GM-Toyota venture in California. Many of those cars produced at that former union plant will now be made at the non-union plant in Blue Springs.
As Toyota- and its suppliers- begin to bring hourly workers on it will be interesting to see what kind of push we get from the UAW. As I’ve said before, lack of union culture in the South is one of the most appealing features to foreign label automakers moving to America. I don’t think Toyota is simply going to give in to the UAW. There is no reason to.