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The UAW and Free Trade Agreements

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On February 26, 2016
In 2010, two major unions, the United Auto Workers and the United Food and Commercial Workers, supported the Obama Administration’s free trade deal with South Korea because they thought it would increase American exports of autos and packaged meat, respectively. The UAW now regrets this stance, remembering that free trade agreements almost universally hurt unions. […]

Shame the Leeches

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On January 12, 2016

Given that public sector unions are going to be devastated in Friedrichs, new strategies are in order. I love what this UAW local is doing: A local United Auto Workers chapter in Warren is singling ou

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This story on the solidarity shown by Kohler’s workers in their recent strike in which 94% of the workers voted yes for striking shows how counterproductive two-tiered contracts are for corporations. The story of the two-tiered contracts is fairly well known, where companies force unions to accept a lower-paid tier for new workers without any […]

UAW/GM Negotiations

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On November 7, 2015

The latest in the United Auto Workers’ negotiations with the Big Three is pretty interesting. As I discussed earlier, the UAW forged an agreement with Chrysler that at least rolls back the despi

Attacking Two-Tiered Contracts

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On September 29, 2014
During the economic crisis in 2007, the United Auto Workers was forced to accept two-tiered contracts to keep factories open. These contracts created a second pay scale for new employees that paid them less than other workers. The potential for this to become permanent is quite scary. In the UAW’s failure to win a majority […]
This is a depressing story. Pro-union forces in the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama are asking the United Auto Workers to stop organizing there because the UAW won’t bring the election up to a vote. Garner and Jim Spitzley, another longtime employee, have been key spokesmen for pro-union employees, and they have worked closely with the […]
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