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 |  Dec 29 2011, 6:15 PM

Despite the United Auto Workers (UAW) claiming that they’re backing off trying to organize a foreign auto plant in America by year’s end, the mission to do so isn’t off the table entirely. UAW has continued to plot a plan to unionize factories owned by Daimler and Volkswagen, it just won’t happen before 2012 comes.

In the past, the UAW had looked at unionizing plants belonging to Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota, but now the German automakers are considered easier targets. UAW is looking to take advantage of their close relationship with IG Metall, the German union that staffs the plants for both Daimler and Volkswagen, for its organizing efforts.

Overall though, things aren’t looking positive for the UAW, with membership dropping over 75-percent in the last 30 years. Organizing plants in the South has been difficult and foreign plants are largely against joining the UAW.

[Source: Reuters]

 |  Dec 08 2011, 10:00 PM

UAW’s focus on unionizing a foreign auto plant in America by year’s end has been dropped, showing a major shift in their strategy in the union’s recruiting efforts.

We’re shifting our strategy a little bit,” UAW President Bob King said. “We are not going to announce a target at all. We are not going to create a fight.”

The announcement by president Bob King comes days after Michele Martin, UAW spokeswoman, said that the union fell short of its year-end goal of unionizing a foreign plant on American soil. Martin’s words only solidified that the UAW is backing away from its original and aggressive campaign.

Originally one of King’s biggest priorities since becoming president in July of 2010, the UAW has faced major complications in its goal of unionizing a foreign plant with a majority of their workers declining to even negotiate with the UAW. Membership for the UAW continues to drop with a 42-percent decline from seven years ago. They currently sit at 377,000 members.

[Source: Left Lane News]